Welcome to Microsoft's Windows Vista Enterprise Install guide step by step on a new/blank hard drive. This guide will show you how to install Windows Vista. This install guide is fully graphical and will take you through each step of the installation. 

What you will require to do this walkthrough is 

  1. A Windows Vista Enterprise CD or DVD

  2. A Computer with CD-ROM or DVD-ROM access

  3. Bios set to boot of the CD/DVD-ROM drive. ( Check out this guide for help with the BIOS )

To start this Windows install insert the first CD or the DVD into the drive and start or restart your computer

This Guide is based on Vista EUltimate RC1 release, any changes in future releases will be updated.

Windows automatically run as the hard drive is blank, and will load files, this may take some time so be patient.

The Windows Vista install will the begin to load.

Some of these stages can take quite sometime so be patient.

Now select your install Language, 

Time and Currency Format, 

plus keyboard type, once you are happy with the settings, Click on "NEXT" to continue.

From the next screen click on "Install Now" to continue.

Windows will begin to carry out some processes.


This section is the collecting information part. First you will need your Windows "Product Key". This will be on the disk packaging provided with your CD's/DVD's. The product key will be 25 digits long and will contain letters and numbers.

 Input key (Dashes will be added automatically), and click next when completed. 

Now the License terms: Read and confirm that you accept the License by selecting the box on the bottom left of the screen.

Once done click next to continue. 

Now you will asked the type of installation you wish to do. Click on "Custom" to continue.

Next you will select the location of the install.  Select the drive, and then click on "Drive Options" to setup and Format the drive. Alternatively you can just click "Next and windows will use max space available." If you use the later the go straight to "Part 3" of this guide.

To setup the harddrive, click on "NEW"

Select the amount of size you wish to use and click on "APPLY".

It will take a few moments to apply the settings.

Once done, click on "FORMAT" to format the drive.

You will receive a warning, click "OK" to continue, as all info will be permanently deleted.

Windows is now formating the drive, this may take a few moments so be patient.

Once done click on "NEXT" to continue.


This section is for installing Windows, it will take sometime and does not require any input from you, so go make a cup of tea or watch TV as it may take up to an hour. Make sure there are no disks in your floppy drive, as the computer will reboot a few times during this process.

Windows now copies files: 

Windows expands the files:

Windows is installing features:

Windows is installing updates:

Windows is doing a restart: It will do this automatically if you are not about, otherwise you can click "Restart Now" to speedthings up slightly.


The computer reboots:

If you get this message then you have left the a floppy disk in the floppy drive or your harddrive is not in the BIOS boot sequence correctly. Remove disk or fix BIOS then press "Any Key" to continue.

Windows continues Loading:

Windows is now booting for the first time, don't be fooled there could still be a few reboots and quite a bit of installing to go.

Windows continues to install:

Windows does more updating and installing:

Windows reboots a few more times:

and then finally:

Setup is almost complete:



Next Input your Username for the computers Administrator account. Then Click on Password.

Now input your password (One you will remember) and then retype the password to confirm. Also type in a password hint that would help you remember it just in case. Once done click "NEXT" to continue. 

Now select your Windows protection method. We recommend the top option "Use Recommended settings", click on your selection to continue. 

Next you need to check the time zone is correct and also the time and date. Time and date in from the BIOS, but "Time Zone" needs to be set. Click the "Down arrow" at the end of the box.

Now select your "Time Zone". Once you are happy with your selection click on "NEXT" to continue 

That is all the information gathered that is needed, Windows Install will thank you, click on "START" to continue....



Windows will now check your computers performance.....

and begin to load.

Now the Windows "LOGIN" screen.

Type in your password and click on the arrow (Or press "ENTER") to continue.

Windows "WELCOMES" you....


Windows desktop appears and the stages of the install begin.

Several personalised settings will be installed.

The desktop will soon appear.

It is time to check your drivers and install all other software that you will require.