After Windows XP, users enjoyed working on Windows 7. It became immensely popular worldwide due to its unique features. Microsoft released it in 6 different versions. Windows Home Basic is one of the most popular versions among them. It is not easily available because it has some geographical restrictions. So, it is not for everyone. Users of 32-bit and 64-bit OS can download the same edition of ISO file. It’s not available in the first world countries like the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc. It is available in emerging markets only.
Download Windows 7 Home Basic
Check the download requirements before starting the downloading process.
- 1GHz or above processor
- 1GB RAM
- 15GB Hard disk
- DirectX 9 Graphics Processor
- Fast Internet connection
Method #1: Use Microsoft’s Tool to Create Bootable USB
Since, Windows 7 Home Basic is in ISO image, convert it into an executable file first. For this purpose, I am using here Microsoft’s “Windows USB/DVD Download” tool.
- Click Here to download it.
- Take a USB with at least 4GB space and connect it with PC.
- Now, click the link given above to download the ISO file of Windows 7 Home Basic. The ISO image supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
- Right-click the tool and select “Run” to proceed.
- Here appears the “Source File box” where you will insert the location of the ISO file. Otherwise, click “Browse” if you want to look for the location of ISO file and select “Next” to move ahead.
- Click “USB Device” from here to create a copy of ISO file on the USB drive. (If you are using a DVD, select DVD)
- Now, select “Begin Copying” to copy the ISO image to the USB flash drive.
- Once the copying process is completed, open the relevant folder to look for the “setup.exe” file. Double-click this file to start the installation process.
Method # 2: Use RUFUS to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive
If you are a newbie, use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive. It automatically converts the ISO image into a bootable “.exe” file. It’s easy and simple to use.
- Click Here to download Rufus.
- Connect USB flash drive with PC.
- Select “NTFS” from the drop-down menu to create a bootable disk for Windows 7 or XP.
- Here is a button similar to a DVD drive. It’s located with a checkbox “Create Bootable Disk Using.” Select this option.
- Select Windows 7 Home Basic ISO file.
- Click “Start” and the tool will start converting the ISO image into an executable file.
- Wait for a while until the bootable USB drive is ready.
- Connect it with PC and restart it to start the installation process.
Method # 3: Create Bootable USB Flash Drive Via Command Prompt
If you don’t want to use a third-party tool, you can use Command Prompt to create a bootable USB flash drive.
- Go to the Start menu and open Command Prompt. (Press Shift + F10 to launch Command Prompt.)
- Now, type the following commands and press the “Enter” key after every command.
- LIST DISK
- SEL DIS 1 (Instead of 1, type the drive number where you have saved Windows 7 Starter ISO file.)
- CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (You can select your desired drive size)
- FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL=”WINDOWS 7”
- Now, select “Install Now” to a particular drive you have created.
- Reboot the system and select the option “Boot from CD/DVD.”
- The system starts loading files.
- Once it’s over, it will show you the main page. Select the language, Time and Currency format, Keyboard or input method and select “Next” to move ahead.
- Now, you will see the option “Install Now.” Click this option to start the installation process.
- Select “I accept the license terms” option here and click “Next.”
- Here, select the installation type from Custom and Upgrade.
- (Select the “Custom” option if you want to install a fresh copy of Windows. If you want to upgrade only, select “Upgrade” from here.)
- Here is a list of drives. Select a drive where you intend to install Windows 7 Home Basic and select “Next” from here.
- Now, the files will start copying.
- In the next section, you will see them expanding and then the installation process begins.
- Wait until the installation process reaches to 100%.
- Meanwhile, the system restarts several times. Have some patience while the installation gets over.
- Finally, Windows 7 Home Basic is ready to use. Add the product key and enjoy using Windows 7 Home Basic.
Features of Windows 7 Home Basic
The basic features are the same in all editions of Windows 7. However, Windows Home Basic has some innovative features that you can’t see in Windows 7 Starter. Graphics in Windows 7 Home Basic are very attractive. But it lacks some premium features like Windows Media Center.
It has a smooth and easy user interface. The Aero Snap grabs users’ attention. You can move any Window to one edge of the screen to resize it.
Desktop Gadgets bring a number of useful gadgets on the desktop.
Furthermore, Windows 7 Home Basic has Windows Fax and Scan Utility that was available earlier only in the business edition.
The Aero interface has a live taskbar preview. However, Windows 7 Home Basic doesn’t include glass effects.
Internet Explorer has securer browsing for users. It has a more powerful search feature to fetch more accurate search results.
The improved versions of Paint and WordPad are more convenient to use now.
The powerful Windows Defender and Windows Firewall in Windows 7 Home Basic make your browsing and working securer. The effective functioning of both the security tools keeps your data safe and secure from unauthorized access.
It also contains the Parental Controls feature to keep your children away from adult content. It ensures a safe and secure browsing for your children and you can lock the sites you do not want your children to access.