Win vista 32 to Win 7 64

I have purchased the windows 7 upgrade.
I am currently running vista 32bit OS which came with my computer(DELL). I was wondering if there is any way to upgrade to windows 7 using 64 bit mode?

I have heard that a vista cd key works with either 64 or 32 bit, but the manufacturers disk is only vista 32bit.

Is it possible to use the manufacturers product key and install 64 bit vista using a different disk, then upgrade to windows 7 64

My processor is the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, and I have 3 gigs of ram (2x 1gb , 2x 512mb:800mhz). Running Nvidia 8600gt graphics.

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  1. You cant upgrade, but you should be able to do a fresh install.
  2. Best answer
    The Windows 7 disc will contain both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and if you have an upgrade edition then the licensing allows you to switch to 64-bit Windows 7 even if you were previously running 32-bit Vista.

    BUT there's no supported upgrade installation that will convert a 32-bit Vista system to a 64-bit Vista or Windows 7 system. The only way to get from 32-bit to 64-bit is via a complete install from square one.

    It's six of one or a half-dozen of the other as to whether you do this by installing 64-bit Vista from scratch and then upgrading it to 64-bit Windows 7, or by just waiting until you have a copy of Windows 7 and installing the 64-bit version of it from scratch.

    I would contact the manufacturer to ask about the availability of a 64-bit OEM version.
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