How to correctly install Windows Vista beta 2?

Windows Vista installation process can be performed easily. The Beta release of Vista contains the code named "Long Horn" instead of Vista over it. The process of installation depends on the CPU speed, memory available, and amount disk space available. The minimum memory requirement for Windows Vista is 512 MB RAM. Learn how to correctly install Windows Vista beta 2.

Requirements for installing Windows Vista beta 2

Windows Vista requires a high performance graphics card with Vista supported drivers, to make use of full features. The installation time required to install vista is one to one and half an hour. First step in installing vista is, enable Boot from CD option in the BIOS setup, and make sure that the CD or DVD is at its drives. This option enables one to Boot from the CD-ROM instead of Hard disk.

When this option is enabled, most systems prompts user with the Message "Press any key to Boot from CD or DVD". If any key is not pressed within 10 or 20 seconds, the system boot up from the Hard disk. If any key is pressed, the computer starts Vista booting process from the CD-ROM drive.

Copying files

The next screen appears saying that it is "Copying files", which copies initial required files from the CD or DVD, on to the Hard Disk. During this the user cannot stop the installation. To stop installation, one needs to switch off the system. The copied files are stored in a temporary folder, which gets deleted after the installation is completed.

After copying process completes, the startup screen is displayed, with Windows Vista Logo in it, with a progress indicator. At this stage, some copying process goes on. The next screen prompts the user with multiple options in it. They are Install Now; View the release notes, and Repair problems with windows startup. Selecting "Install now" option enables one to install the Windows Vista into the computer.

The next screen is a startup screen, which appears for few seconds. The next step is to enter the Product-Key provided along with CD or DVD. A wrong Product-Key will not allow installation to continue. At this point, one can cancel the installation of Windows Vista by selecting the Cancel option provided in the screen. The system is reverted back to previous state, by the installation program.

The next screen displays the Terms and conditions for use. This is provided for legal reasons. Selecting the option "I accept the License terms", enable the installation to continue further. Declining to do so, will abort the installation. The next step in installation process is, choosing the type of installation. Here, the computer disables the Upgrade type of installation, if the installation began by booting from the CD ROM. If selected, then Windows Vista can be uninstalled, if one doesn't want to use vista as the operating System, during later stage.

The system will be restored back to the Operating system, from which Vista was installed. The other option is custom, will be visible in both cases. This option lets us to select the drive partition to which Windows Vista is to be installed. The chosen partition must be a NTFS, clean formatted, other wise, the setup cannot continue. Initially it will show only the clean formatted NTFS partitions.

The Advanced option will show us other partitions except the Linux partitions. The help me option shows the help on type of installation. As soon as, Custom selected, installation process shows a list of Disks and partitions available in the computer. Here, better to select the drive with large free space available. Also, do not select a partition or the drive, which contains important documents. There is a high risk of loosing data and other programs, if windows vista becomes corrupt. The Windows based operating system always has a chance of getting corrupted, because some temporary information is stored in the disk, which may cause corruption of files in the event of the power failure. The next step will prompt the user to choose a name for the computer. This is the perhaps the last information collection stage.

Don't interrupt the copying process

In the next stage, actual copying of files takes place. Now one cannot interrupt the copying process. After copying Vista files to system, the system gets restarted by its own. After the restart, Windows Vista starts preparing for installation of various drivers, for the device attached to the system. Suppose, if the printer is attached to the system, then one need to install its driver software, to enable printing.

Likewise, however, it asks for display driver, if the windows vista does not have the needed driver in the CD-ROM. Then one needs to provide the manufacturers CD-ROM disc to enable installing the device. After installation of drivers, the system may prompt with system restart. Some latest device drivers require the system to be restarted. After restart, the login screen will be displayed. Select proper user from the available users. Finally, the desktop will be displayed along with various icons, task bar, and the start button. From now on, the user can work with the system.


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