Windows Vista Clean Install
Note: You will need the COA key during the install. The Brainy Bunch Vista DVD has all versions of Windows Vista included; which version that gets installed is dependent on the COA key. You will need to run Windows Updates after install to update system to the newest Service Packs. You also want to run Windows Updates to ensure system is up to date.
1. Insert the Windows Vista Install DVD and reboot the computer
If you see a message about hitting a key to boot the DVD, do so. Otherwise, the PC will simply launch into Setup and display a black text-based screen with the message "Windows is loading files..." After that, you'll see the Vista boot screen and the screen will move into the initial phase of Setup.
2. Choose your language, time and currency formats, and keyboard or input method
For most people, the default values will already be correct, but make any needed changes and click Next to continue.
3. Install or repair Windows Vista
In this phase of Setup, you can click "Install now" to continue.
4. Agree to licensing
In this phase of Setup, you must agree to the Windows Vista End User License Agreement (EULA). If you would like to view this document before purchasing the product, you can download a PDF version from the Microsoft Web site. There are separate versions for Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate and Vista Business. Check the item titled "I accept the license terms" and then click Next to continue.
5. Choose an installation type
Click the "Custom (advanced)" option to continue.
6. Where do you want to install Windows?
Here, you will see a graphical representation of your PC's hard drive (s), giving you the option to select a partition to which to install Windows Vista. On a brand new, one-drive system, you will likely see one partition lists, as shown in the screen shot above.
7. Installing Windows
Well, this is it. Now, Windows Vista Setup will run through the process of installing the operating system on your PC. This multi-step process proceeds through the following steps: Copying Windows files, Expanding files, Installing features, Installing updates.
After this, Setup reboots the PC. You'll see the "Windows is loading files" and standard boot screens, and then Setup will move into a text-like screen that says, "Please wait a moment while Windows prepares to start for the first time".
8. Set up Windows
Finally, you're presented with a pseudo-final Vista experience. In this phase, you'll step through a series of steps in a wizard that will help you configure the Vista install so you can actually begin using it. You'll see the following steps:
Choose a user name and picture. Here, you can choose a user name, a password, a password hint, and a picture to associate with the user account. (This picture will appear on the Welcome Screen and on the Start Menu once you're logged on.) Only the user name is required; Setup preselects a picture for you. But you should absolutely create a password. If you don't, your networking capabilities will be severely limited and your PC would be less safe. If you do choose to type a password, you'll see two new fields appear: One for retyping the password, and one for entering a password hint. Click Next to continue.
Type a computer name and choose a desktop background. This step lets you enter a name for your PC and select from a tiny subset of the available background wallpapers. Click Next to continue.
Help protect Windows automatically. Here, you choose whether Windows will automatically protect your PC against electronic attacks. The default choice is "Use recommended settings."
Review your time and date settings. Chances are the time and date are correct, but the time zone setting will likely be wrong unless you live in Pacific Time (as does Microsoft, which is why this is the default). Change the time zone, date, and time as needed, then click Next to continue.
Select your computer's current location. Click Home to continue.
Thank you. The interactive portion of Vista Setup is complete. Click Start to continue.