System requirements and preparations for installing WINDOWS 7 64 bit

For installation on a 64-bit version of Windows 7 is required:
the x64 processor with a clock frequency of at least 1 GHz
- at least 2 GB of memory (RAM)
- at least 20 GB of free hard disk space
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver version 1.0 or higher
- all the components of your computer or laptop needs to support the OS of this type.
For comfortable work the minimum hardware requirements need to increase at least twice. But if you have less than 4 GB of RAM, install Windows 7 64 bit does not make sense.

To find outwhether it is possible to install Windows 7 64 bit on your computer, open "control Panel" and select "information and tools for performance." In the opened window click on "view and print detailed performance information and system information". Here in the section "System" will indicate which type of system is used, and also includes information about support for 64-bit version of Windows.

In Windows XP, right-click the mouse on the icon "My computer" and select "Properties" from the context menu. If the "System" section says "x64 Edition", then you can safely install the 64-bit version of Windows. Otherwise download from Microsoft's free upgrade Advisor for Windows 7 and run it.

If the computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit, you might need a full reinstall. So be sure to:
1. Write down all the settings for Internet access: the method connect to the network, IP address, netmask, Wi-Fi access, etc., as well as the computer name.
2. Save all important files and settings to an external drive or a network share.
3. Download from the manufacturer website and save it on external media all necessary drivers (video, sound, network card). Remember that the device drivers released for Windows x86, won't work under 64-bit systems.
4. Most 32-bit applications will work in Windows 7 64 bit, but will need to set it again. So make sure that you have the downloads and serial numbers for products.

The installation of Windows 7 64 bit

Insert it into your computer bootable DVD or USB stick with stored setup files Windows. Reboot the system. At the time you start the computer press the function key to enter the BIOS. Often used keys are Del and F2, but other options are possible — F10, F11, Esc, Ctrl+Alt+Esc. If something does not work, you can consult the manual for the motherboard. In BIOS you must set the boot priority from your boot drive: the Boot Configuration Features Boot Device Priority — Firs Boot Device is CD/DVD ROM drive /USB-HDD (if installing from a flash drive). Settings that determine the boot order can also be in the Advancedsettings tab (advanced settings). Section title and menu items may slightly vary from the above depending on the version of BIOS. Save the settings and exit the BIOS.
In new computers, you can access the boot menu without entering the BIOS. When you turn on hit F8, F9 or F12 depending on BIOS version. If the keys do not work, refer to the documents for the motherboard.

If everything was done correctly, the screen appears Press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Press any key e.g. the Space bar. This will begin the installation of the system, and in the lower part of the monitor appears Windows is loading files.... After extracting the files you will see the words Starting Windows and window Windows 7 installation. You must choose the language and version of the system, which you will set. The program will prompt you to read the license and agree to its terms. Tick the option "I accept the license terms". Continue the installation without this it is impossible.

At this stage, you need to select the partition to install Windows. Usually Drive 0 Partition 1 System. Its size must be at least 50 GB. If your hard disk is not divided and has a size of not less than 250 GB, it is better to create another local disk to store its files. To determine the number and size of partitions created, click on the "Apply"button.
If the system does not see hard drive, partition it yourself. When installed in completed sections of problems usually arise. In addition, you can switch in BIOS mode SATA controller from AHCI to IDE.

Now you should format the system partition. The installer will warn you that all data will be destroyed. Confirm the formatting. This phase usually passes very quickly, after the installation starts, lasting 20-30 minutes.

Enter the user name and optionally assign a password and a hint. Next, Windows will prompt you to enter serial number. If you are installing the licensed version, you can find it on the box with the distribution. This action can be postponed, uncheck the box "Activate when connected to the Internet". Assign the security settings, specify your time zone, set date and time. If the driver for your network card present in the distribution, and the computer connected to the Internet, the system will prompt you to specify the network type. You can choose "Home", "Public" or "work" network. They differ in the security settings. When this occurs, Windows gives a brief description of each of the three options. That's all. Installation of the system completed.