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12 Jul 2011   #1

Need help purchasing

Hi guys,

I'm planning on building a new PC in a few weeks with Windows 7 Professional as the OS. The PC I use at the moment has Windows Vista 32-bit edition, since my CPU is 32-bit only.

The new PC is going to have a 64-bit processor, and I wish to have the 64-bit windows 7 run on it.

Right now I'm confused as to what kind of Windows 7 package I need to purchase given my circumstances.

Will I need to purchase the full edition of Windows 7 (non-upgrade)?

Or can I just purchase the upgrade version of Windows 7, install the 32-bit vista version on the new PC and then upgrade from there?

The confusing part is that, from reading the FAQ, I need to do a custom installation if I want to upgrade from 32-bit vista to 64-bit 7 - and at that point, it's no longer an upgrade.

For reference, I'm purchasing from this page:
Windows 7 Student Discount


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12 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Looking at the price you're paying you may as well go with the full version of Windows 7 Professional.

A clean install on your new computer is the best way to go and far less time-consuming than installing Vista, and then upgrading it.
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12 Jul 2011   #3

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Purchase the Student x64. Download the .iso, Burn to DVD. Then follow this tutorial.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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12 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


It isn't necessary to install retail (non OEM) Vista to use it as the qualifying OS for Upgrade version Win7, just have it on hand and don't use it while it is qualifier.

How to install in this case is outlined in the tutorial Doc posted above.
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13 Jul 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Make sure you print out the email with the product key number & keep it safe.
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