The easiest way to start a new installation of Vista is to insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and restart your computer. When prompted, press any key to boot from the CD (this is of course assuming that your computer is capable of booting from a CD-ROM). The setup process immediately begins and you can follow the steps described below.

  1. Setup will start loading the files.
  2. Select your language, time, currency and keyboard language settings.
  3. Click Install Now when prompted.
  4. Enter the product key (this should be located on the DVD case). If you skip this step, you must provide the information within 30 days.
  5. Accept the license agreement to continue.
  6. Select the Custom installation option.
  7. Choose the partition you want to install Vista on. Click Drive Options Advanced if you want to re-partition, format your hard disk or load RAID and SATA controller drivers.
  8. Setup will copy the necessary files. Your computer may restart several times during this process. Continue with the steps below after Vista boots for the first time.
  9. Choose your Country or Region and keyboard layout settings
  10. Create a user name and password.
  11. Type in a name for the computer and choose a background for your desktop.
  12. Select your Automatic Update settings.
  13. Review the time and date settings.
  14. Select your network location, such as Public Location.
  15. Click Start. At this point, the setup of Vista is complete.

If you did not provide a product key during setup, activation can be delayed for up to 30 days during which you will receive periodic reminders that the product still needs to be activated. However, after 30 days Vista will force you to activate in order to gain access to the desktop.

With the installation of Vista complete, you can start working on the post-installation tasks. These steps might include customizing the operating system, installing service packs and hot fixes, updating drivers and installing applications.

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