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July 1, 2012 5:36:59 PM

I'm trying to get from XP 32-bit to Windows 7. I've read through the sticky threads, but I'm still not sure what's going on. If I had the 64-bit version of Windows 7, would the download not work because it's a 64-bit program trying to run on a 32-bit system? What about if I used the backup disc? Can that run on 32-bit, install over Windows XP (I know it'll probably have to do a clean install, that's fine) and go from XP 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit?

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a b $ Windows 7
July 1, 2012 5:39:36 PM

There is no upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. you have to do a full installation.
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a b $ Windows 7
July 1, 2012 5:44:13 PM

Hi :) 

As said above....^^^^^

ONLY upgrade path is to upgrade to Vista first then you can use a 7 upgrade from Vista to 7...

All with legal keys needed of course....

All the best Brett :) 
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July 1, 2012 5:51:22 PM

So a "Windows 7 upgrade" can function as both a Windows install as long as you already own a previous version of Windows and do a clean install (on XP), or just a quick install over a previously existing version of Vista/7?
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July 1, 2012 5:54:26 PM



So a "Windows 7 upgrade" can function as both a Windows install as long as you already own a previous version of Windows and do a clean install (on XP), or just a quick upgrade install over a previously existing version of Vista/7?yes
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July 1, 2012 5:57:33 PM

I have a 64-bit processor and plenty of compatible RAM sitting around, I'm not worried about that. The advisers just says I'll need to do a custom (presumably clean installation), and that's not a problem because I would have done that anyway. I just mean what Area51 is answering.

I can't run the installer because it only functions as an upgrade for Vista/ 64-bit system. But with the disc, I can just drop it in and clean install over my XP 32-bit partition? The "upgrade" is what confuses me, as I typically think of that as an "incomplete" version that can't function without a previous version. But the disc has no problem installing a 64-bit OS over a 32-bit OS as long as I clean install, as you would do with any OS installation?
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
July 1, 2012 5:59:26 PM

No it is a complete media.
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
July 1, 2012 6:00:07 PM

Can be used for clean install on xp or upgrades on vista or 7.
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July 1, 2012 6:00:59 PM

Best answer selected by Snacks289.
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July 1, 2012 6:01:56 PM

Thanks everyone. Just gotta sit... and wait. As usual.
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
July 1, 2012 6:02:30 PM

It is an upgrade key for genuine install of xp vista or 7.
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
July 1, 2012 6:03:26 PM

Stop back if you need more assistance.
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July 1, 2012 6:48:04 PM

It's a key for Windows 7.
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July 4, 2012 6:39:22 AM

Fourth of July might be pushing the order back over the weekend, and if I can help it I'm not going to wait a week. If I get an 8GB DVD (Windows 7 iso is 3.1GB) and burn the ISO onto that, would that function the same? I can boot and install from the disc/ DVD drive? How would I go about burning such an important file to function as a Windows 7 installation anyway?
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