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.
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.
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 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.
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|
|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|
|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|
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.
Start the process by clicking "Run setup.exe".
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.
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.
Click “Install now” to start the installation process.
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.
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.
Please choose the Upgrade option, this will ensure your PC upgrades to Windows 7, rather than doing a “clean” install through the Custom option.
Your computer will now start the installation.
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 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.