Those of us with MSDN or TechNet accounts got access to the new Windows 7 build last night. So I had my work PC spend the night downloading it, and spent this afternoon installing it today under VMware ESX. I’ve recorded the install for posterity. I paused the recording during the borring parts like waiting for the files to expand.
I setup the VM with a Gig of RAM, and a single CPU and a 25 Gig Hard drive with the BusLogic controller. Since VMware doesn’t know what Windows 7 is I told VMware that this was a Windows Vista x86 machine (I’ll do x64 later). I’m using ESX 3.5 Update 3 so I used the E1000 NIC.
The installer was very much like the Windows Vista installer. There were about three screens that I had to deal with before it started doing the actual install. Like Windows XP and Windows Vista, Windows 7 didn’t see the VMware drive controller, so I had to use the drivers which came with ESX on the vritual floppy drive.
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You’ll see a double mouse at some points, that’s because I’m in an VMware Infrastructure setup and don’t have the VMware tools installed. You’ll also see a drop down menu show up from nowhere. That’s me getting the machine up and running, and getting the floppy driver loaded.
Hopefully no one at Microsoft gets upset that I posted this. I downloaded it from MSDN, so there shouldn’t be any NDA issues here.
Stuff I didn’t record
The VMware tools installed cleanly without issue.
Adding it to our Windows 2008 domain had no issues.
I pause the recording when I entered my CD Key.
All In all I would say that it’s a pretty clean install process. All told it probably took me about an hour or so. The video is about 9 minutes long. (Sorry there are no controls at the bottom, it’s my first Flash video and videos are not my streangths.)