Configuration options updating operating system
The upgrade process will install the newer Windows operating system files over top the old ones and preserve your files.
The steps below are for all recent versions of Windows, including Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
After Windows is installed on the computer, you will need to install the drivers and related software for the hardware in the computer.
You can use the installation discs that came with the hardware, or you can download the drivers from the hardware manufacturer's website.
Changing the boot process forces the computer to look for the Windows installation disc before trying to boot from the hard drive.
The Windows install process will be complete when the computer prompts you to log in with the account you created on the configuration screens, or when it loads directly into Windows.
If you are replacing the hard drive in your computer, you will need to reinstall Windows again.
To start the Windows install or upgrade process, you will need to configure your computer to boot from a CD or DVD before booting to the hard drive.After installing the necessary hardware device drivers, install any software programs on the computer that you want to use.Finally, download and install any available Windows updates.If you want to upgrade to a newer version of Windows on your computer, the steps on this page can help you with the upgrade process.The Windows installation process should recognize if you have an older version of Windows already installed on the computer and ask if you want to upgrade or perform a fresh install.
Each version of Microsoft Windows is installed on a computer using similar steps.