Windows 7 64x upgrade from 32 bit xp/vista?

I am building a new pc and plan to get windows 7 ultimate. Judging from the prices i have seen, the ultimate upgrade costs 219$, if the version of vista/xp i have is 32 bit...how do i get to windows 7 ultimate 64x? :heink:

do i have to get windows vista 64x that has a free upgrade coupon?
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  1. slayem said:
    I am building a new pc and plan to get windows 7 ultimate. Judging from the prices i have seen, the ultimate upgrade costs 219$, if the version of vista/xp i have is 32 bit...how do i get to windows 7 ultimate 64x? :heink:

    do i have to get windows vista 64x that has a free upgrade coupon?

    From everything I've read online you cannot upgrade from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS without doing a clean install.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions

    That is a link on Vista, but I believe it still applies. Hope this helps.
  2. arrghushakaboorga is correct. Upgrade installs of any kind cannot be performed between a 32 bit version of Windows and a 64 bit one. You will have to do a clean install.
  3. word earlier was that 64bit and 32bit came on the same disk?
  4. A clean install is a must do if you are going from 32bit to 64 bit.
  5. slayem said:
    I am building a new pc and plan to get windows 7 ultimate. Judging from the prices i have seen, the ultimate upgrade costs 219$, if the version of vista/xp i have is 32 bit...how do i get to windows 7 ultimate 64x? :heink:

    do i have to get windows vista 64x that has a free upgrade coupon?



    Bit~version has no effect on pricing. Meaning 32 bit Home Premium is the same price as 64 bit Home Premium. Just check to make sure you are ordering the proper DVD.

    As pointed out above, you will need to do a clean install.
  6. 13thmonkey said:
    word earlier was that 64bit and 32bit came on the same disk?

    Actually, I believe they do come on the same disk, but again you don't have a choice of which to install unless it's a clean install
  7. So..what does a clean install consist of? does that mean i do need to buy 64x vista?
  8. A clean install means you install the OS to a clean partition. Basically starting from scratch.

    You may also do what Microsoft call a 'Custom Install' on top of your existing OS - The existing OS will be gathered up and placed into a folder named 'WINDOWS_OLD'. You'll be able to access your files/data, but you will have to reinstall your applications.

    No, you do not need to buy Vista.
  9. this will be a new hdd, would i be able to just purchase w7 64 upgrade, install vista or xp 32 first..then install 64 w7 over it?
  10. New computer = New copy
  11. You might be able to purchase a copy of Vista 64 first and then install 7 64 over it, however it may be more poignant to just buy a full install version of 7 especially since it sounds like you want 7 64 but only currently have 32 bit versions of windows
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