Make your older computer run faster and more efficiently with a download of Windows 7 that lets you easily upgrade your operating system.
Microsoft has released multiple versions of Windows over the years and constantly tries to improve the way each OS works.
Though the company later offered Windows 8, 8.1 and even 10, you may find that your older computer cannot support one of those newer versions. Windows 7 comes with some of the features you'll find on newer operating systems but will work well when installed on older devices.
Windows 7 is a strong alternative to Vista and lacks some of the common problems found with that OS. It features an upgrade adviser that will run a quick check on your system that lets you know whether it will work with your computer.
Check if your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit
You'll also have access to an easy transfer feature that is great for those who upgraded from Windows XP. It will retain copies of all your files and programs and transfer all that information over when the new OS goes into effect.
Disk space requirements
The newer OS keeps some of the features that users loved about Vista but upgrades those features to the next level.
The start menu on the bottom up on the bottom left of the screen lets you quick turn your computer on and off, access your settings and restart your computer.
It also kept some of the themes and backgrounds you can choose from and retained some gadgets from the previous OS.
One thing you'll notice when using this OS is that you now have better versions of classic apps like WordPad.
WordPad now lets you save your notes in different formats for viewing with other software.
A new version of Paint lets you create and edit your own artwork and even edit photos from your computer.
It also comes with a newer version of Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer.
IE 8 now lets you open and view multiple tabs without slowing down your computer and alerts you of potentially dangerous websites.
With Windows Media Player, you can now listen to CDs and watch DVDs from your computer with ease.
Back up important files
Though Windows 7 improves on Vista, it looks too much like that old OS and comes with too many of the same features. It won't work on some computers either, and you may find that a newer version of Windows will work on your computer.
Plug in and connect to the Internet
Upgrade adviser lets you know whether you can upgrade to this version.
Disable antivirus software
Easy transfer will transfer files you used in XP. Comes with new and improved versions of your favorite apps. Helps your computer run faster and more smoothly. Suitable for use on many older computers that support Windows. Too similar to the last version of Windows.
Installing Windows 7 SP1 using Windows Update (recommended)
May require that you download plugins to use some features. Does not work on all computers. Newer versions of Windows are currently available.
Find a friend and use their Windows 7 DVD to create an ISO file.
After you create your own ISO file you can skip steps #1 and #2 and begin at step #3.
Step by Step guide:. 1) Download the Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64Bit .ISO file.
Note: The default download location to your computer is: C:\Users\User account name\Downloads. a) If you want to create a 32Bit universal installation DVD download this file:.
Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso. SHA1 Hash value: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657. b) If you want to create a 64Bit universal installation DVD download this file:.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso.
SHA1 Hash value: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83.
2) Verify the .ISO file downloaded is not corrupt by validating the SHA1 hash value is correct. A utility named ‘HashCalc’ which checks the file and returns a SHA1 value that should match the value listed in step 1a or 1b if the download is not corrupt.
Downloading and installing Windows SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center
a) Download and install HashCalc: http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/index.htm. b) Launch HashCalc and navigate to the location of the .iso file you downloaded.
c) Remove all check marks from the list of HashCalc options except for SHA1.
d) Click the ‘Calculate’ button and wait for the SHA1 string of numbers and letters to be displayed.
e) Compare the string of numbers and letters displayed in HashCalc with the SHA1 value listed in step #1 above.
The entire string must match from beginning to end, if it does not match then the .ISO file you downloaded is corrupt and you must try the download link again.
3) Download, install and run the ‘ei.cfg’ utility. I choose the default location for the download. a) Extract the contents of the eicfg_removal_utility.zip file to a destination of your choice.
Troubleshoot problems installing Windows SP1
Start by double clicking on the .zip file and then double click on the eicfg_remover.exe file. Click the ‘Extract all’ button and browse to a location where you want the zip file extracted to. Then click on the ‘Extract’ button.
A standard folder with the name: eicfg_removal_utility will be created.
Download and run the System Update Readiness Tool
b) Open the ‘eicfg_removal_utility’ folder and click on the ‘eicfg_remover.exe’ file and click the ‘Run’ button.
c) Navigate to the folder where the Windows 7 .ISO file is located and click on the .iso file to select it.
d) Click the ‘Open’ button to disable ei.cfg located inside the .iso file.
Finally click the ‘OK’ button to exit the eicfg utility.
What does eicfg do:.
From the eicfg ‘Readme.txt’ file:. “This works by toggling the deletion bit in the UDF file table, which instructs the operating system to ignore the file and to treat it as if it does not exist.
By not physically removing the file, this eliminates the need to rebuild the ISO, and makes this sort of fast, un-intrusive patching possible.This also makes it possible to reverse the patch and to restore the image to its original state, if so desired.”.
In short you do not need to manually edit the contents of the Windows 7 .ISO file you downloaded.
Now that you have modified the .ISO file using the eicfg utility, the next step is to use the modified .ISO to create a universal Windows 7 installation DVD.
4) Create the universal Windows 7 installation DVD or USB Flash drive:.
Run the Windows Update troubleshooter
To create a Windows 7 installation flash drive read the following:. Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.
How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive.
To create a Windows 7 installation DVD perform steps a through g:. a) Download http://download.cnet.com/ImgBurn/3001-2646_4-10847481.html?hlndr=1 and install ImgBurn (current version 22.214.171.124) to create a bootable Windows 7 installation DVD.
a) If you created your own .ISO file using the instructions in the Wiki article titled "Create your own ISO file from a Windows 7 installation DVD" then ImgBurn is already installed and need not be re-installed.
b) Windows 7 does have built in software that allows you to create an installation DVD but it does not offer any control over the burn speed: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/burn-a-cd-or-dvd-from-an-iso-file.