So, I'm a little confused and need some help upgrading my OS. I'm building a new computer, and I had help in the forums about this. I'm reusing the hard drive from my current computer for it and I want to upgrade the OS on it from Windows Vista Home 32-bit to Windows 7 Home 64-bit. The Windows Vista was pre-installed on the computer when I bought it so I don't have an install disc for it. How would I go about upgrading?
Yes, it is more or less formatting the drive. If you buy a new copy of windows, put it in your optical drive and change the boot priority in the BIOS to the optical drive, it should let you install onto that HDD, right over the other stuff on there (it will probably tell you it needs to format). Just be aware that you may lose your data, back anything you need up before proceeding.
How do you get to the BIOS and change the boot priority? I don't know how this all works, would I need to go to the BIOS first and do that, then stick the disc in and kinda follow instructions and format the drive if it prompts or stick the disc in first and then I can go to the BIOS and and do the rest? On the microsoft website, it says that the option to format your hard drive comes up when you do a custom install of windows 7.
It depends on your machine, usually you push the DEL key or something like that as it is booting up. You could post your specs and we may be able to give you a more detailed description of the options.