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Get Windows 7
Windows 7
Which Release is Installed?
Features of Windows 7
What’s Needed
Upgrade Advisor
Windows 7 Editions
Selecting your Edition
Upgrades
32-Bit versus 64-Bit
Activation
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The Windows 7 Desktop
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Start Windows 7
Getting Started
Start Menu
Taskbar
Desktop Icons
Window Structure
Application Windows
Menus and Dialogs
Move and Resize Windows
Snap
Close Windows Session
Get Windows Live Essentials
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Personalize Your System
Personalize with Themes
More Themes
Customize a Theme
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Sounds
Screen Saver
Save Revised Theme
Customize Starter Edition
Customize Home Basic
Mouse Settings
Screen Resolution
Accessibility Options
Get Recommendations
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Taskbar and Start Menu
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Taskbar Properties
Notification Area
Show Desktop / Aero Peek
Taskbar Buttons
Switching Tasks
Aero Flip 3D
Non-Aero Task Selection
Start Menu Properties
Pin Programs
Non-Aero Start Menu
Windows Touch
Tablet PCs
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Gadgets and Devices
Desktop Gadgets
Managing Gadgets
Arranging Gadgets
Get More Gadgets
Download Gadget
Install New Device
Safely Remove Hardware
ReadyBoost
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Windows SideShow
Install Printers
Access Network Printer
Control Panel
Regional Settings
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Search and Organize
Files and Folders
New User Account
User Folders
Libraries
Add Folder to Library
Working with Libraries
Folder Navigation
Create Folders and Files
Copy or Move Files
Delete Files
Folder Views
Folder Layout
Search Box
Start Menu Search
Search Index
Folder and Search Options
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Email and Calendar
Electronic Mail
Windows Live Mail
Layout
Receive Mail
View Message
Attachments
Contacts
Create a Message
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Junk Mail Protection
Calendar
Windows Live Calendar
Webmail
Instant Messaging
Newsgroups
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Internet
Connect to the Internet
Use an Existing Connection
Browse the Web
Navigating
Tabbed Browsing
Quick Tabs
Close Tabs
Add to Favorites
Search for Websites
Alternative Search Providers
Page Zoom
Print Web Page
RSS Feeds
History
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Windows Applications
Applications
Calculator
Notepad
WordPad
Insert Pictures
Paint
Unknown File Types
Portable Document Format
Word Document Files
Change Default Program
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Windows Games
Games Explorer
Turn On Games
Exploring Games
Chess Titans
Mahjong Titans
Minesweeper
Purble Place
FreeCell
Other Card Games
Internet Games
More Internet Games
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Music and Audio
Sound Card and Speakers
Recording
Windows Media Player
Play Audio CD
Copy Tracks
Media Library
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Pictures and Videos
Digital Pictures
Import from Camera
Media Card Readers
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Add Tags
Fix Pictures
Burn to Disc
Video DVD Windows Live Movie Maker
Windows Media Center
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Networking
Create a Network
Network Location
Create HomeGroup
Network and Sharing Center
Configure the Router Wireless Connection
Connect to Wireless Network
Join the HomeGroup
Accessing the HomeGroup
XP and Vista Computers
Network Map
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Security & Maintenance
Windows Help
More Support Options
Windows 7 Solution Center
Windows Action Center
Program Compatibility
Windows XP Mode
Windows Firewall
Windows Defender
Windows Update
System Restore
Backup and Restore
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Get Windows 7
This chapter will help you
choose the best edition
of Windows 7 for you.
It compares the features
and covers upgrading
from a previous version
of Windows, or moving
up to a more advanced
edition of Windows 7.
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Windows 7
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Which Release is Installed?
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Features of Windows 7
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What’s Needed
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Upgrade Advisor
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Windows 7 Editions
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Selecting your Edition
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Upgrades
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32-Bit versus 64-Bit
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Activation
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Windows 7
There have been other
releases of Microsoft
Windows, intended
for business and server
computers, including
Windows NT, Windows
2000, Windows Server
2003 and Windows
Server 2008.
Windows 7 is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, the
operating system for personal computers. There has been a
long list of Windows releases including:
Windows 95
•1995
1998
98
•2000 Windows
Me (Millennium Edition)
•2001 Windows
Windows
(eXPerience)
•2003 Windows XP
XP MCE (Media Center Edition)
•2007 Windows Vista
•2009 Windows 7
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When you buy a new computer, it is usually shipped with
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the latest available release of Windows. This takes advantage
of the hardware features generally available at the time.
Every year sees new and more powerful features being
incorporated into the latest computers. In line with this, the
requirements for Microsoft Windows have increased steadily.
For example, the minimum and recommended amounts of
system memory have increased from Windows 95 (4 MB to
8 MB), Windows 98 (16 MB to 24 MB), Windows XP
(64 MB to 128 MB), Windows Vista (512 MB to 1024
MB) and now Windows 7 (1 GB to 2 GB). There’s a similar
progression in terms of the processor power, the video graphics
facilities and hard disk storage.
If you purchased a
Windows Vista PC
after June 26th 2009,
you may be entitled
to a free upgrade to
Windows 7.
This means that your computer is likely to need upgrading
in order to use a later release of Windows, unless you
purchased your computer late in the life of the previous
release and it already meets the newer requirements.
The extended hardware options allow the features and
services offered by the various releases of Windows to be
developed and improved. Each release enhances the existing
features and adds new capabilities. Windows 7 is therefore
able to provide all of the capabilities of Windows Vista and
Windows XP, and also offer unique new features.
The value of all this is that you can use your computer to
carry out tasks that would not have been possible with
previous computers and operating system releases.
Which Release is Installed?
To check which release of Windows is currently installed on
your system, you can look in System Properties.
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Press the Windows Logo key and the Break key
(simultaneously) to display the System Properties
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The operating system details will be displayed (along
with user, memory and processor information)
You can also open
System Properties from
the Control Panel, or
you can right-click the
Computer icon and
select Properties.
The layout varies between
releases of Windows, but
similar details are shown.
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Note that there is 4 GB
installed, but Windows
only uses 3 GB (except
when you have a 64bit edition installed).
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This shows the system
properties (on the
same computer) for
Windows XP, Windows
Vista and Windows 7.
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Features of Windows 7
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Aero is an acronym for
Authentic, Energetic,
Reflective, and Open,
and it incorporates a
transparency effect
known as Aero Glass.
Some programs can
add relevant tasks to
their Jump Lists. For
example, Windows
Media Player has
options to Play All
Music or to resume
your last playlist.
Internet Explorer offers
frequently visited
and recently viewed
websites.
Taskbar and Previews
You can pin any program to the taskbar so it’s always ready
to use. When you have started a program, hover over the
taskbar button and you’ll see thumbnails of every window
open in that program. Hover over one of the thumbnails,
and the Aero Peek feature lets you see a full-screen preview
of that window. Move the cursor off the thumbnail and the
full-screen preview disappears.
Jump Lists
The new Jump List feature allows you to access the
documents you’ve used recently, when you right-click the
associated program’s task button on the taskbar. If there are
other files you want to access quickly, you can pin them to
the Jump List so they always appear.
Desktop enhancements
Windows 7 offers new ways to handle the windows on
your desktop. For example, the Snap feature lets you pull
a window to either side edge of the screen to fill half the
screen. You can Snap windows to both sides of the screen, to
make it easy to compare those windows.
To clear your desktop, just move your mouse to the lower
right corner of your desktop. Using the Aero Peek feature,
the open Windows become transparent, so you can see the
shortcuts and gadgets on your desktop. There’s also an Aero
Shake function. Grab the top of one window and shake it,
all the other open windows will minimize to the taskbar.
Shake the window again, and they’ll all come back.
Aero Themes let you personalize the background, color,
sound and screen saver used on your system, with a single
selection from a range of interesting styles, or you can
customize your own theme.
Windows Search
Windows Search helps you find anything on your PC
quickly and easily, using the search box at the bottom of
the Start menu. Windows 7 libraries show all content of a
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particular type in one spot, and Windows Search makes it
even simpler to find items, with filters to customize your
search.
Internet Explorer 8
The latest version of the Windows web browser, Internet
Explorer 8 features innovations to the address bar, search,
tabs, and the Favorites bar. For example, as you type a search
request you’ll immediately start seeing relevant suggestions
from your chosen search provider, complete with images
when available.
View Available Network (VAN)
Windows 7 makes viewing and connecting to all of your
networks simple and consistent, whether the networks
are based on Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, dial-up or your
company’s VPN.
Windows Touch
With a touch-screen monitor, you touch your computer
screen to scroll, resize windows, play media, pan and zoom.
The Start menu, Windows Taskbar, Windows Explorer and
Internet Explorer are all touch-enabled. Windows 7 also
supports multi-touch technology, where you control what
happens on the screen with more than one finger, using a
variety of gestures.
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Essentials provides features that were
included in previous versions of Windows Vista. You can
download the latest releases of those programs from the
Internet, and also integrate what you do on your PC with
associated online services.
Search uses your
browsing history to
narrow the list of
suggestions. When
you see what you’re
looking for, you can
select that item from
the list.
Some features are
only available in
particular editions of
Windows 7, or have
specific hardware
prerequisites.
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HomeGroup
HomeGroup is set up automatically when you add the first
PC running Windows 7 to your home network. When you
add more PCs running Windows 7 to the home network,
they join the HomeGroup, and they can share files and
printers with each other.
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What’s Needed
The minimum configuration recommended by Microsoft to
install and run Windows 7 is as follows:
The terms 32-bit and
64-bit relate to the
way the processor
handles memory. You’ll
also see the terms
x86 and x64 used
for 32-bit and 64-bit
respectively.
• Processor 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit
• System memory 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with • Graphics
WDDM 1.0 driver
• Hard disk drive 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) free
• Optical drive DVD/CD (for installation purposes)
There may be additional requirements for some features, for
example:
display monitor with 1024x768 or higher
• SVGA
resolution is recommended for some applications
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access, for online services and features such as
• Internet
Windows Update
The product functions
and the graphics
capabilities may vary
depending on the
system configuration.
• TV tuner, for Windows Media Center functions
• Touch specific hardware, for touch functions
A network and multiple PCs running Windows 7, for
• HomeGroup
file and printer sharing
optical drive with rewriter function, for DVD/CD
• An
authoring and backup function
Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware for
• Trusted
BitLocker encryption
• USB flash drive, for BitLocker To Go
additional 1 GB memory, 15 GB extra hard disk
• An
space, and a processor with Intel VT or AMD-V
hardware virtualization, for Windows XP Mode
output (headphones or speakers), for music and
• Audio
sound in Windows Media Center or Media Player
Upgrade Advisor
To have your computer assessed to see if it is able to support
Windows 7, visit the website www.microsoft.com/windows/
windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx and click the link to
download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
Run this program to install the Upgrade Advisor and follow
the prompts to install and launch the program. This will
generate a report to tell you if any changes are needed to
support Windows 7 on your computer. It also identifies any
incompatible software or accessories that you may have.
If your computer runs
Windows XP or Vista,
it may already be
able to run Windows
7, perhaps with a
hardware upgrade.
Computers running
earlier versions of
Windows are unlikely
to have the necessary
capabilities.
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For example, when run on an Asus Eee PC netbook
computer currently running Windows XP, the Upgrade
Advisor says that this passes all four system requirements.
An update to
the ACPI driver is
recommended, though
this would happen
automatically when
you carry out the full
installation.
However, you are warned that you need to perform a custom
installation of Windows 7, then reinstall your programs.
Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 is not supported.
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Windows 7 Editions
There are six editions of Windows 7, with each edition being
a superset of the one after it in the list.
For the home user and
small business, the
main choices are the
Home Premium edition
and the Professional
edition.
Windows 7 Ultimate
Ultimate is available as a retail package
and for pre-install, but is not volumelicensed. It has the full set of Windows
7 features, the same as the Enterprise
edition.
Windows 7 Enterprise
Enterprise is for volume-license business use only, and is not
supplied as a retail package or for pre-install.
Features exclusive to the Ultimate and Enterprise editions
include security features such as AppLocker and BitLocker,
plus support for multilingual user interfaces.
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Windows 7 Professional
Professional is provided as a retail package
and for pre-install. It includes Backup to
Network and XP Mode licensing features.
For the business user,
the main choices are
the Professional and
the Enterprise editions.
Windows 7 Home Premium
Home Premium is for retail and preinstall. It supports Aero Glass, Windows
Touch and Home Group creation, and
includes Windows Media Center and
Premium games.
Windows 7 Home Basic
This is for emerging markets only. It includes Fast User
Switching, Internet Connection Sharing, Network Bridge
and Mobility Center (but without Presentation Mode).
Windows 7 Starter
This is available worldwide, for pre-install only. As
with Home Basic, Home Group support is join-only,
not create. In a final constraint, Starter has no support
for Personalization, so you cannot change the desktop
background or theme.
Selecting your Edition
If you are unsure which of these editions of Windows 7
is best for you, it’s worth focusing on the features that are
included or excluded from one or other edition.
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If any of these features are ones that you must have, this
will dictate the editions that you need to investigate in
more detail. In practice, the choice for home use is normally
between the Home Premium and Professional editions, with
the Ultimate edition being the alternative for the full home
and business features. For travelling, you may find a netbook
with Starter edition pre-installed will meet your needs.
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Feature
Aero Peek, Shake, Glass
AppLocker , BitLocker
Backup to network
Boot from VHD
Dolby Digital compatibility
DVD playback
Encrypting File System
Fast User Switching
Federated Search
HomeGroup creation
IIS Web Server
Internet Connection Sharing
Live Taskbar Previews
Multilingual UI packs
Multi-Touch, Tablet PC
Network Bridge
Premium games
Remote Desktop Host
Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes
Windows DVD Maker
Windows Flip 3D
Windows Journal
Windows Media Center
Windows Sideshow
XP Mode licensed
The six editions of
Windows 7 are:
ST Starter
HB Home Basic
HP Home Premium
PR Professional
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If you choose a lower
function edition
and discover you
do need additional
features, you have
the opportunity to
upgrade your edition
to a higher level (see
page 18).
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Upgrades
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Check at the Microsoft
website for your
location, or with your
software retail store,
to find the latest prices
for Windows 7 full
and upgrade editions.
Promotional prices for
pre-orders of Windows
7 upgrade editions
were also offered,
but the deadline for
these expired before
the product became
generally available.
If you are planning to install Windows 7 on an existing
computer running Windows XP or Windows 2000, you
can purchase an upgrade copy rather than the full copy. The
contents are the same, but you pay a reduced price because
you are replacing a qualifying operating system.
As an indication of the relative cost of the editions and the
saving with an upgrade, the US$ prices at launch time were:
• Home Premium
• Professional
• Ultimate
$199.99
$119.99
$299.99
$199.99
$319.99
$219.99
Microsoft also announced a Windows 7 Family
pack which provides three upgrade licenses of
the Home Premium edition. This is being made
available at a promotional price of $149.99.
Whichever edition of Windows 7 you choose,
the DVD supplied actually contains all the
editions. It is the product key that unlocks your
particular edition. This gives you another option
– the Windows Anytime Upgrade.
• Starter −−>
• Starter −−>
• Starter −−>
• Home Premium −−>
• Home Premium −−>
• Professional −−>
Home Premium $79.99
Professional
$114.99
Ultimate
$164.99
Professional
$89.99
Ultimate
$139.99
Ultimate
$129.99
Whether you buy the WAU retail package from a store or
make your purchase online from Windows 7, the upgrade
takes only 10 or 15 minutes. No DVD is required – all you
need is the upgrade key. Your current programs, files, and
settings will remain intact.
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Select Start, Control Panel
and System and Security
In this example, the
current configuration
is Starter which can
be upgraded to Home
Premium, Professional
or Ultimate.
Scroll down and select Windows Anytime Upgrade
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Choose to select and purchase an edition online, or
to enter and verify your WAU upgrade key
Follow the prompts to upgrade to the new edition
The upgrade will not
change your settings
and data or remove
programs. However, it
is still best to ensure
that you have a
current backup (see
page 232).
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You can choose to go
online to see if your
computer is ready to
upgrade. This allows
you to download and
run the Windows 7
Upgrade Advisor (see
page 15).
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32-Bit versus 64-Bit
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The hardware
requirements for
Windows 7 (see page
14) specify a 32-bit
or 64-bit processor.
These terms relate to
the way the processor
handles memory.
The retail packages
have DVDs for both
types of processor.
The supplied product
key can be used
with either, but once
activated, it will be
restricted to that
particular computer.
The 64-bit processor can handle large amounts of memory.
However, this does depend on having the 64-bit version of
the Windows operating system installed. Otherwise, the
processor would be subject to the 32-bit restrictions.
This table shows the editions of Windows 7 that offer 64-bit
versions, and the maximum memory they support.
Processor type
32-bit
Max memory (GB)
64-bit
Max memory (GB)
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To check which Windows you are currently running:
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Here the ASUS Eee PC
Netbook is 32-bit only,
while the Dell E520,
though it has a 32bit system installed, is
actually 64-bit capable.
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Open the System Properties (see page 11) to see the
system type currently installed
Asus Eee PC
Dell E520
Click Windows Experience
Index, then click View and
print detailed performance and
system information
Asus Eee PC
Dell E520
This says whether or not the system is 64-bit capable
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Where the computer already has a 64-bit operating system
installed, System Properties shows this, and so the details do
not need to explicitly state the computer is 64-bit capable.
Maximum Physical Memory
One final thing to check is the maximum physical memory
that can be installed in your computer. This is usually less
than the operating system supports, for example:
Type `
Max Memory
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Netbook
2 GB
ASUS V4P5P43
Desktop
8 GB
ASUS RS161-E5/PA2
Server
64 GB
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Make and Model
The benefits of 64-bit processing will become apparent when
you have 4 GB or more memory installed in your computer
and when you are running several programs at the same
time and switching between them.
You’ll get further benefits with applications optimized for
64-bit processing. Games for example often include such
enhancements. The new version of Microsoft is also available
in 64-bit, as are video products such as Adobe Photoshop.
You’ll still be able to run 32-bit applications under the 64bit operating system, though this might slow down due to
the need to convert addresses.
However, remember that the existing 32-bit drivers for your
devices will not run under the 64-bit operating system, so
you must ensure that you can get 64-bit versions of the
drivers. You may find this a problem when you want to
attach older devices to your computer.
Choosing a 64-bit
system means that
you can no longer run
16-bit applications.
This would only be
a problem if you use
very old software.
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Activation
Activation is the
process by which
Microsoft associates
your specific copy of
Windows 7 with your
computer.
Your copy of Windows 7 must be activated before you can
apply an upgrade, and in any event within 30 days of first
using the system. To check the current status:
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Scroll to the bottom of the System details to view
the Windows Activation status
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Open the System Properties (see page 11)
If Activation was
specified when your
system was installed,
it will be completed
automatically three
days after first use.
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If your copy of Windows 7 is not yet activated, click
Activate Windows Now and follow the prompts
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When this completes, System Properties will now
show the status as Activated
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