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?
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?
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
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?
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?