Microsoft released Windows 7 in 6 editions. It gained worldwide popularity among users due to its innovative features and security. Still, lots of users prefer Windows 7 over the latest OS due to the security and easy user interface.
Windows Home Basic is one of the most popular versions among all Windows 7 editions. However, this edition has some geographical restrictions. So, it’s not easily available. Windows 7 Home Basic is not available in 32-bit. It is only available in 64-bit and you require 8GB storage space to install Windows 7 Home Basic. People living in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc can’t get it. It is available in emerging markets only.
Download Windows 7 Home Basic
It’s very important to check the download requirements before you start the downloading of ISO image.
- 1GHz or above processor
- 1GB RAM
- 15GB Hard disk
- DirectX 9 Graphics Processor
- Fast Internet connection
Methods to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive [Installation Guide]
When you get Windows 7 Home Basic in ISO image, you need to convert it into an executable file first. For this purpose, you can use various methods. I am listing here all these methods you can use in this context.
Method #1: Use Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
I am using here Microsoft’s “Windows USB/DVD Download” tool. If you are very careful about the security of data and the system, use this method to convert the ISO image into a bootable file. The tool doesn’t require downloading a third-party app.
- 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, it’s over, opens 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 don’t want to follow a lengthy method to create a bootable USB Flash Drive, use Rufus. This third-party tool is free and easy to use. It automatically converts the ISO image into a bootable “.exe” file.
- 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
Some users don’t like third-party tools. If you are one of them, use Command Prompt to convert the ISO image into a bootable file. This method doesn’t require downloading a tool. Only download the ISO image and 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.
Now we will start the installation process. For this, follow the instructions below.
- Connect the bootable USB flash drive with PC.
- Reboot the system and select the option “Boot from CD/DVD.”
- The system loads files.
- Now, it displays a window where you will select your desired language, Time and currency format. On the same page, you will select the Keyboard or input method and click the “Next” option.
- Now, select the option “Install Now.”
- Click “I accept the license terms” and select “Next.”
- Here, select the installation options 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 system will start copying files.
- 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. Don’t press any key meanwhile because it will interrupt the installation process.
- Finally, Windows 7 Home Basic is ready to use. Add the product key and enjoy using Windows 7 Home Basic.
Windows 7 Home Basic Features
Besides the basic features, there are some innovative changes in Windows 7. It has revolutionary graphics. The user interface is smoother and easier as compared to its predecessor. Let’s see how it makes a difference for us.
Users of Windows XP who upgrade to Windows 7 love the attractive graphics of Windows 7. All editions of Windows 7 have the same basic features, but Windows 7 Home Basic has not limited number of features like Windows 7 Starter. However, it lacks some premium features like Windows Media Center.
An easy and simple user interface is more convenient for users. The Aero Snap grabs users’ attention. Every icon and window is customizable. You can resize it, change color, icon and much more.
Users can enjoy a secure browsing experience now. Internet Explorer has a more powerful and secure search. It fetches more accurate search results now.
The Aero interface has a live taskbar preview. Users will not find glass effects in it, but still, it looks smart and elegant.
Desktop Gadgets bring a number of useful gadgets on the desktop.
The upgraded WordPad and Paint have more tools for users. It’s easier for them to add images, export, or import or to resize a bitmap image.
Windows Fax & Scan Utility was only available in the business edition. Now, it’s an essential part of the Windows 7 Home Basic.
Windows 7 has the best security tools likes Windows Defender and Windows Firewall. Browsing, emailing, downloading and uploading is secure. Both these security tools keep your data safe and secure from malicious software.
Parental Controls feature keeps an eye on your children’s activities. It keeps them away from adult content and ensures a safe and secure browsing for them. Set this feature “Enabled” to lock the sites you don’t want your children to access.