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Ok so, I want to do this ASAP. Of course I know I'll have to wipe the entire drive - no I can't be bothered backing anything up, I'll just download everything again, it's not a problem for me.

My question is:
Would the 'upgrade' download allow me to switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, and if that's the case, would I need to burn the download to a CD? (I mean, how on earth is it going to run an EXE from the drive it's wiping it from?)
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Eurgh, don't even bother with an upgrade installation.

Start fresh.
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You can't do a straight upgrade from 32bit to 64bit unfortunately. A fresh install is the only answer in those cases.

Edit: You can burn the files onto a DVD and inert it while in Vista to see what your options are.
Edited by MikersSU - 6/16/11 at 7:30am
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Well that's what I'm wanting to do, but can I purchase the upgrade download in order to do a fresh install? It's still technically an upgrade, isn't it?

Plus I don't have any blank disks lying about anywhere, and really can't be bothered to order any in.
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Ok so, I want to do this ASAP. Of course I know I'll have to wipe the entire drive - no I can't be bothered backing anything up, I'll just download everything again, it's not a problem for me.

My question is:
Would the 'upgrade' download allow me to switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, and if that's the case, would I need to burn the download to a CD? (I mean, how on earth is it going to run an EXE from the drive it's wiping it from?)
You need to make a bootable ISO installer of Windows 7 ESD files.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to...up2-box-files/

Or better yet download the 64-bit ISO and create a bootable Windows 7 USB installer.

http://techpp.com/2009/11/11/downloa...ownload-links/

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ve-create.html

Special Note: When creating the bootable USB you need to be creating it in a 64-bit Windows 7 or Vista O.S.
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