Getting Jiggy With Windows 7 - Installing the Beta

Softwares to Go!

Softwares to Go!

We're assuming that you already have a working OS on your Intel Atom-based machine, as we're going for a dual-boot set up here. You'll still want to keep your current OS for sure, as this is still a beta product which also means it's not supported by Microsoft just yet. So apart from those mentioned earlier, you'll also need just two more programs to get this whole show on the road.

They are:

Copy both program executables to your USB flash drive together with the Windows 7 ISO file. Then plug the drive into the machine you intend to install Windows 7 on (in our case, we're using the HP Mini 2140 that we've recently reviewed ), make a folder and copy everything into that folder. With us so far? Good! It's time to start installing.

Daemon Tools

As ominous as the name sounds, this program is actually quite safe to use. It's basically a drive emulator that tricks the computer into reading the Windows ISO file as a real DVD, which means you don't have to burn the contents (the ISO file) onto a DVD like how it's normally done. There are a few things to take note off when installing the software though, so pay attention, unless you want to end up with a computer with different settings.

Daemon Tools will on first install will ask you to restart your computer before it can continue the installation. Do so and don't worry, this is normal.

Make sure you disable the options for Daemon Toolbar.

Make sure you disable the options for Daemon Search and Toolbar.

EASEUS Partition Manager

Once you're done with the installation, the next step is much easier. Install the EASEUS Partition Manager and then run the program.

Start by changing the size of your main drive's partition (by clicking on Resize/Move) and set aside 16GB for installation. If it doesn't work, manually drag the bars and to resize.

Be sure to also create a new partition from the unallocated space. Once done, click on apply and it will prompt you for a reboot, let it do so, and just sit back and wait for the reboot to complete (this may take awhile while the program resizes the partition).

Easy wasn't it? The hard part's done, now you just need to install Windows 7!