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
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.
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
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
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
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.