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Friday, March 13, 2009

Windows Home Server Install

Microsoft has introduced Windows Home Server, an operating system designed to allow a home user to easily backup, access, and share all of the home’s media including digital photos and videos. It even has a secure and personalized website address for sharing the photos and videos. Here’s how to install it.

Before installing, ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements: 1.0 GHz Intel Pentium 3 (or equivalent) processor, at least 512 MB RAM, at least an 80 GB internal hard drive as primary drive, and a 100 Mbit/s wired Ethernet.
Boot your computer from the installation CD.
There will be three progress bars initially. First, there will be a black and white Screen that says “Windows is loading files…,” next there will be a second green progress bar, and third will be a “setup is initializing…” progress bar.
At the “Welcome to Windows Home Server Setup” window, select Next.
Select the time and currency format as well as the keyboard or input method. Select Next.
At the Load Additional Storage Drivers window, ensure all of your hard drives are listed. If not, choose the load drivers button to load additional drivers. Once completed, select Next.
At the “Select An Installation Type” window, ensure New Installation is selected and select Next. Please note that all data on all hard drives will be erased at this time.
At the “End User License Agreement” page, select I accept this agreement and select next.
Enter your product license key.
At the “Name Your Server” window, give your server an appropriate name. Select Next.
At the “Formatting Hard Drives” window, select the checkbox to acknowledge that all data on the drives will be lost. Select Next.
Select Yes at the warning that states ”All data on all of this computer’s hard drives will be deleted. Are you sure you want to continue?”
At the “Ready to Install Windows Home Server” window, select Start.
The tasks of Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, and Finalizing Installation will complete automatically. The subtask of formatting the system volume may take a few minutes.

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