With two years of customer research under its belt, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium has arrived. With a whole host of improvements and feature enhancements, this latest version in the Windows series provides faster and a more efficient performance, better navigation and great new ways to enjoy your digital media. Knowhow to spot the benefits of Windows 7:

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The Knowhow on Windows 7

Faster and improved battery life

To improve performance and prolong battery life, Windows 7 has been designed with a power management system that uses processing power more efficiently by micro-managing its power allocation for specific tasks.

Made to be faster and more responsive than its predecessors, the Windows 7 operating system will start-up, shut down and resume from standby within seconds and will find USB devices and wireless networks quicker than ever.

Windows 7 part 1

Easier to Use

Windows 7 has some great new ways to make your everyday computing tasks easier. For example, the taskbar at the bottom of the screen lets you launch programs and switch between them when they’re open. You’ll also have fast access to your working files by right clicking on the taskbar using the Jump List feature, while the new Snaps feature will resize windows instantly.

Windows 7 part 2

Better Home Networking

If you’d like the ability to share your home network with not just an internet connection but printer, files and other devices as well, then the Windows 7 HomeGroup feature makes the process completely painless. Home Group sets up automatically when you add the first PC running Windows 7 to your home network. You can then add more PCs with Windows 7 to the HomeGroup and specify what you want to share from each.

Windows 7 part 2

Touchscreen interface

Windows 7 is ideal if you have a touch-screen monitor. Simply touch your computer screen for a direct and natural way of working. Use your fingers to scroll, resize windows, and pan, zoom, and rotate images on screen.

Windows 7 part 2

Eligible Advent Products

Advent provides a wide range of laptops and desktops which qualify for the Windows 7 upgrade program. Below is a list of models you can find in PC World, Currys, Dixons and other Dixons Retail stores (subject to availability):

SKU code Model Operating system Upgrade to
Laptops      
007582 Advent 6651 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
108109 Advent 7555 GX Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
239911 Advent 6650 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
623575 Advent 5712 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
981413 Advent 6555 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
992087 Advent 6553 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
418246 Advent Altro Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
585767 Advent Altro Elite Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
000075 Advent Roma Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
Desktops      
418246 Advent AIO 101 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
171066 Advent QC8003 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
187067 Advent QC7003 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
492239 Advent PQD4003 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
609401 Advent ECO PC Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
772250 Advent AIO 200 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
020085 Advent PQG9002 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium
759076 Advent QC7003 Windows® Vista Home Premium Windows® 7 Home Premium

Upgrade Instructions

1. Before you start

Please make sure you have backed up all your personal data on your PC, including pictures/photos, documents and music.

Have your Windows 7 disc at hand.

If you have a computer without an optical drive, you will have to use an external DVD drive for the upgrade.

Start your Windows 7 upgrade process by inserting your disc in your DVD drive.

Windows upgrade part 1

Start the process by clicking "Run setup.exe".

Windows upgrade part 1-2

A Windows security message will be shown, please click "continue".

2. Checking your computers compatibility

If you would like Microsoft to check any software or hardware you have installed on your PC, to ensure it is compatible with Windows 7, select "Check compatibility online" and follow the on-screen instructions.

Windows upgrade part 2

Please ensure you are connected to the Internet before you start.

3. The upgrade process

If you went through the “Check compatibility online” step above, please eject and re-insert your Windows 7 disc now.

Windows upgrade part 3

Click “Install now” to start the installation process.

Windows upgrade part 3 Windows upgrade part 3

If you are connected to the Internet, please choose the first option (recommended).

If you don’t have access to Internet at this point, choose the second option. However, please make sure you connect to the Internet at first possible opportunity, to ensure you have the latest drivers and updates.

Windows upgrade part 3

When you have read through the license agreement, and are happy to continue the installation, tick the "I accept the license terms" and click next.

Windows upgrade part 3

Please choose the Upgrade option, this will ensure your PC upgrades to Windows 7, rather than doing a “clean” install through the Custom option.

Windows upgrade part 3

Your computer will now start the installation.

Windows upgrade part 3

When installation is complete, you will be asked for your product key. You will find your Windows 7 product key included in your upgrade pack. Please insert the key as advised and click "Next".

Windows upgrade part 3

Windows 7 will now walk you through some basic settings, please follow on-screen instructions. When complete you will be presented with your Windows 7 desktop.

If you have any problems during the installation process please contact our support centre on 0844 800 6020.

4. After the upgrade is completed

If Windows Update does not pick up all your drivers after the upgrade to Windows 7, please contact our support centre on 0844 800 6020 for driver downloads.

Windows Media Center DVR Functionality
Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries.

Windows Media Center Internet TV
Internet access required. Free Internet TV content varies by geography. Some content may require additional fees.

Windows XP Mode
Windows XP Mode requires either OEM pre-installation or post-purchase installation of Windows XP Mode (which runs on Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate) and a virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC. Both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC can be downloaded from www.windows.com/business/downloads. For more information on system requirements, go to www.microsoft.com/virtual-pc.

If you are upgrading from Windows XP, you will need to back up your files and settings, perform a clean install and then re-install your existing files, settings and programs. Visit http://windows.microsoft.com/upgrade for more information.

This version of Windows is designed as an upgrade for Windows Vista. If you are upgrading from Windows XP, you will need to back up your files and settings, perform a clean install and then re-install your existing files, settings and programs. Visit http://windows.microsoft.com/upgrade for more information.

Windows® 7 System Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX® 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can help you determine which features and editions of Windows 7 will run on your computer; windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor.

Additional Requirements to use certain features:

  • Internet Access (fees may apply)
  • Depending on resolution video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
  • For some Windows® Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required
  • Windows Touch and Windows Tablet require specific hardware
  • HomeGroup requires a network and PCs with Windows 7
  • DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive
  • BitLocker™ requires TPM1.2; BitLocker To Go™ requires a USB Flash Drive
  • Music and sound require audio output

Windows XP Mode requires:

  • Additional 1GB of RAM
  • Additional 15GB of available disk space
  • Processor capable of hardware virtualization, with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on

Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware; visit windows.microsoft.com/systemrequirements.

Some features in earlier Windows versions are not included in Windows 7. Download Windows Live™ Essentials to get similar programs including Windows Live™ Mail, Photo Gallery, Messenger and Movie Maker, for free at download.live.com.

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Updated On:

May 30, 2014

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