Chapter 2. Installing or Upgrading to Windows 7

In This Chapter

  • Acquiring Windows 7 with a new PC

  • Performing a clean install of Windows 7

  • Upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7

  • Upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 7

  • Windows Anytime Upgrade: Upgrading from one Windows 7 version to another

  • Performing a clean install with an Upgrade version of Windows 7

  • Delaying product activation

  • Installing Windows 7 on a Mac with Boot Camp and via software-based virtualization solutions

So you want to install Windows 7? Well, in this chapter we'll walk you through the many ways you can acquire Windows 7, including a clean install, where Windows 7 is the only operating system on your PC; and an upgrade, where you upgrade an existing version of Windows to Windows 7, leaving all of your data, settings, and applications intact. You'll also learn about related topics, such as slipstreaming, delaying product activation, and—shocker—how to install Windows 7 on a Mac. Yes, Microsoft's latest operating system runs just great on those overpriced Apple machines too!

Taking the Easy Way Out: Acquiring Windows 7 with a New PC

The simplest way to get a working copy of Windows 7 is to buy a new PC. Stop laughing; we're serious: even though PC makers tend to fill their machines with oodles of useless utilities, add-on programs, and other sludge—called crapware for obvious reasons—the one thing you can always be sure of when you buy a new PC is that Windows 7 is going to work out of the box. That is, all of the hardware that comes ...

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