Operating System Support
Do you want to upgrade your OS? Do you want shift from one OS to another? You can follow this simple guide which would help you install an OS on your system:
- Just check system requirements. If want to install a new operating system then determine the one you want to use. There are different requirements so in case the system is old need to figure out which one you want to use. Most of the installations need 1GB of RAM at least 15-20 GB hard disk space. See to it that the computer can contain all this. In case you are installing Linux operating systems then it does not require any space and power of computing as the Windows operating systems. The system requirements also vary depending on the distribution chosen by you.
- Just decide whether it should be downloaded or purchased. The license of Windows has to be purchased. Each license has a key meant for installation. Most of the Linux distributions can be downloaded freely and can be installed as much as you like.
- Do explore software compatibilities. Ensure that the operating system you want to install supports the programs that you want to use. If you use Microsoft Office for work, you won’t be able to install it on a Linux machine.
- Obtain the new operating system. When you purchase a copy of Windows then you would have received the installation disc along with your product code. In case you do not have the disc but possess a valid code then you can download the copy of the disc online.
- While installing a new OS you are wiping the hard drive. This indicates that you would lose all files unless they are backed up. When you would install a new operating system, in the process you would be wiping the hard drive. Ensure that important files are backed up prior to starting the installation process. In case you are installing the OS beside the other then you need not delete any data.
- Now decide the order of installation. In case you want to install Linux which would run with Windows then Windows comes first and then the Linux. Windows have a strict boot loader which has to be in place prior to Linux being installed else Windows would not load.
- Insert into optical drive the installation disc and reboot the computer. A computer boots first from hard drive so you would have to adjust to some settings in the BIOS in order to boot from disc drive. Just hit designated Setup key during boot process in order to enter BIOS. The key as well as manufacturer’s log would be displayed on the same screen. The set up keys are F12, F10 , F2 and Del or delete. Just navigate to boot section when you are in the setup menu. Set the CD or DVD drive as the first boot device. In case you are installing from a USB drive ensure that the drive is inserted as well as choose it as the first device to be booted. After selecting the correct drive just save the changes and exit the Setup. The system would reboot.
- You can also try Linux distribution prior to installation. You can test the new OS before executing the installation method. Click installation program on the desktop if you are ready to install. However Windows does not allow you to test prior to installation.
- Always wait for Setup program to load as they have to copy some files to the system before it continues. This would take some time as it would depend on the speed of the hardware.
- Enter product key. Except in case of Windows 8 you need to enter this key after installation. Linux users do not need this unless it is a procured version like Red Hat.
- Windows would give you an option of Upgrading or even executing a custom installation. Even if you are upgrading choose Custom and start from nick. This reduces the problems which come up from the combination of new and old ones.
- The partitions need formatting. In Windows you would have to choose on which hard drive partition you want to install. Deleting partitions would wipe data as well as return space to unassigned section. Select it and a new partition should be created.
- Windows users will fill out personal information after the installation is complete. You would have to wait patiently for the installation procedure to conclude. This would take an hour to complete as this depends on PC speed. While the installation process is going on the system might boot several times.
- After Windows installation is complete, you need to create a username. You would be asked for product key after this.