How To Install Windows 7 and Media Center on a HTPC

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Windows 7 Finalizing Installation

Windows 7 Auto Updates

This is the Windows update setting. I personally choose to manually install the updates on my own once a month. This ensures that a recent patch doesn’t break my HTPC, but also leaves it open to some security vulnerabilities until you patch it. Since the computer rarely connects to the internet through a browser, there is minimal risk.

Windows 7 Home Network

If Windows 7 includes drivers for your network card, you’ll get this screen asking what type of network you have. For our installation we are choosing Home network.

Windows 7 Homegroup Network

By choosing Home network, you can also set up a homegroup. This is a very handy feature in Windows 7 that makes sharing files amongst several home PC’s easy.

Windows 7 Preparing Desktop

Finally, Windows is done with the configuration and is booting to the desktop.

Windows 7 Desktop

And here is Windows 7 ready to be used. At this point, I suggest running Windows Update to get the latest patches and drivers for all of your hardware. These will include updates for Windows Media center and possibly your tuner card. Once that has completed you can move onto getting Windows Media Center set up.

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