Buying or building a new computer and installing a new operating system can be exciting but daunting. Before sitting down with your new computer, back up your personal data, files, and preferences from your old computer. Also, acquire Vista-compatible software and drivers and store these applications to external storage media. Setting up your new Windows Vista computer can take anywhere from an hour to several hours, depending on the amount of personal data, files, and preferences and computer software you need to install. After installing Windows Vista on your computer, you may complete the remainder of the setup process over several days or at once.
Turn on the computer. Insert the Windows Vista installation disk. Restart the computer.
Press any key to boot with the installation disk.
Enter the requested parameters, including "Time Zone" and "Language."
Click "Install Now."
Enter your license key. Click "Next."
Read and accept the license terms, and click "Next."
Choose a "Custom" installation. Click "Next."
Highlight your hard disk. Click "Next."
Click "Next." Windows Vista will now install. This will take 30 to 45 minutes.
Complete the Vista installation by creating a user profile and specifying your preferences.
Allow Windows to authenticate your computer online. Check Windows Update and install any new drivers, security updates, or hotfixes.
Add additional user profiles by clicking "Start," then entering "user account" in the "Start Search" field. Establish "Parental Controls" when setting up user accounts for minors.
Install your programs with a CD/DVD or other external media. Install your security software, such as anti-virus software, first. Have your license keys ready, if applicable.
Import your preferences by browsing to your saved data and preferences folder or by inserting the CD/DVD that contains your data.
Download and install any software for which you do not have a Vista-compatible version.
Install your remaining external hardware peripherals, including MP3 players, printers, and cameras.
- Use the "Drive Options" button to partition multiple drives on your hard disk when installing Vista.
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