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How To Install Windows

Step-by-Step Guides To Installing Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP


Installing Windows might sound like a daunting task but it's really quite easy, especially if you're installing a more recent operating system like Windows 8 or Windows 7.

It's especially easy to install Windows with a little help! No need to take your PC in to the local experts for a simple reinstall - you can install Windows all by yourself!

Click on the Windows operating system you're planning to install for a helpful comparison on the different Windows installation methods and links to visual, step-by-step guides explaining how to install Windows.

Install Windows 8

Windows 8 Splash Screen

The very best way to install Windows 8 is by a method called a "clean install."

With a clean install, you'll get that "new computer" feel with Windows 8, without all the junk software. If you're replacing a previous version of Windows, clean installing Windows 8 is most certainly what you want to do.

Here's a complete tutorial of the Windows 8 clean install process, complete with screenshots and detailed advice along the way.

Install Windows 7

Install Windows 7

Windows 7 is probably the easiest Windows operating system to install. You're only asked a few important questions when you install Windows 7 - most of the setup process is completely automatic.

The bigger issue than the installation itself is which kind of Windows 7 installation should you do? A Windows 7 new install? A Windows 7 clean install? What about a parallel installation or maybe a Startup Repair instead?

This article will help you make the right installation decision and link you to visual, step-by-step guides designed to walk you through the entire Windows 7 installation process one screen at a time.

Install Windows Vista

Install Windows Vista

Like Windows 7, the Windows Vista install process is very easy and straightforward..

When installing Windows Vista, again like Windows 7, you'll need to decide which kind of Windows install to perform.

Maybe you need to erase the operating system and install Windows Vista again from scratch. Maybe you don't.

This Windows Vista specific article will help you make the right decision. For each installation method, I've linked to screen-by-screen tutorials to help you through the entire Windows Vista install process.

Install Windows XP

Install Windows XP

Installing Windows XP can be a bit frustrating and time consuming, especially when compared to the installation processes in Microsoft's newer operating systems.

Combine that trouble with deciding which way to install Windows (yep, there's more than one way to install Windows XP) and it's no wonder so many people pay other people to install Windows XP for them.

You, however, won't need to do this. This article will help you decide the right way to install Windows XP and link you to excellent step-by-step Windows XP setup tutorials that show you every part of the process.

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