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How To Install Windows 7 on Virtual PC

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Welcome to Tinkernut.com's videocast, I'm Daniel. and today is the last day to vote for the 2008 weblog awards. I really appreciate everybody's support so far. You guys have been great. I even had somebody send in a video of their dog voting. Which was pretty awesome. I'll post that tomorrow along with the results of the awards. So if you can, get out there and vote one last time. Remember that knowledge is power and Tinkernut '09! Moving right along, as most of you know last Friday, Microsoft released Windows 7 If you haven't had a chance to get a copy... ...if you refer to my last video, I showed you how you can download it over torrent or you could look in the video description I've got a link to the ISO files as well as how to get a key, so check that out. In this video, what I'm going to show you how to do if you don't want to commit an entire computer to Windows 7, and you don't want to risk screwing anything up, I'm going to show you how to install Windows 7 virtually on your computer using Virtual PC which is also made by Microsoft. The first thing that you want to do is open up a google search page and do a search for Microsoft Virtual PC and click on the first resulting link. It should take you to the Microsoft website where you can download a free copy of Virtual PC Since this is from the Microsoft website, you shouldn't have to worry about any viruses. This assumes that you've already downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file from Microsoft and that you have a key, a Windows 7 product key. Assuming that, go ahead and create a new virtual machine. I called mine Windows 7. For the operating system, I'm just going to select "other" since Windows 7 isn't on there. and I'm going to change the RAM. Typically, you would want to put 1 GB, because that's the minimum requirements, but I just put 512. Then you want to create a new hard drive. I'm setting mine to 30000MB or 30 GB, and then just click "Finish". Then you should see "Windows 7" up there. Now just click "Start". In the menu, select "CD" and "Capture ISO image" and just navigate to the Windows 7 ISO image that you downloaded and it should boot to it as if it were and actual CD. This is the actual Windows 7, the "new, fancy, Windows 7" startup logo. And this is Windows 7 starting up. You'll notice that once you click on the Virtual PC, it gives you this page. This just tells you that it's going to capture your mouse and to let it go you have to hit the right "Alt" button. So that's the "Alt" button on the right side of your space bar. I'm just going to click next for English and then "Install Now" and it should start the setup. I'm going to accept the license terms and click "next". I'm going to choose "Custom" and I'll just leave everything as it is and click "next". This will install it to that 30 GB Once this is through installing, you should see this page to create a user name. You can put in whatever you want. And if you want to put in a password, you can do that. Then just put in your product key. Then you can set the time. I'm going to choose "Home Network" for my network settings. Now on this you want to skip it for now. It sets up your Windows Media Player with music and stuff like that, but there is a bug that if you try to do that, it will delete your music or corrupt it. So we want to skip that for now. It should finish installing after that. This is Windows 7. And this is what it looks like. You can see that it has the toolbar ribbon at the top of all the programs. This is the taskbar at the bottom. You can actually pin programs to the task bar so that if you close them, you can open it right back up. Or you can unpin it. If you right click, you'll see "Gadgets" and then "Personalize" for how you can personalize Windows and I'm going to choose a different background. You can see some of these options have several backgrounds. These actually change. You can set this and it will keep changing the background. You can right click and choose "next background" to actually change it.You can also see that if you move a window to the left or right, it will snap in place. It will gray off the section of the screen and it will snap it to that section of the screen.If you want it to be full screen, just drag it up to the top. Some of the other options: if you do a search, like in Windows Vista, it actually takes up the the entire start menu, as opposed to just a portion of it, which I thout was really handy. You can actually see stuff when it does that. Now I'm going to show you how to fix that bug that I mentioned earlier. What you want to do is go to the link listed below. I've got it in my favorites here. It's at www.arstechnica.com and it gives you direct links to where you can download the Windows 7 update. Which does have a fix for for that MP3 music, media issue that I mentioned earlier. So just go ahead and download that update, whether you have 32 bit or 64 bit and restart your comptuer. I didn't go into too much detail about how to use Windows 7 because I'm still messing around with it. And with it being on Virtual PC, you don't have to worry about it screwing up other parts of your computer. So this is a pretty good way to test out Windows 7, get a feel for it and see what it's all about. And if you find any cool stuff that I didn't mention, feel free to list that in the comments below. Thanks for watching this video. For more go to Tinkernut.com.

Video Details

Duration: 6 minutes and 20 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Tinkernut.com
Director: Tinkernut.com
Views: 670
Posted by: tinkernut on Jan 16, 2009

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Windows 7 Download:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx

Windows 7 Product Keys:
http://lifehacker.com/5128018/windows-7-product-keys-available

Windows 7 MP3 Fix:
http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2009/01/09/microsoft-releases-fix-for-windows-7-mp3-corruption-issue

Microsoft Virtual PC:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx

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