I want to upgrade from Vista 32 bit to Win 7/64 bit. I haven't purchased the OS yet, as there are various versions and want to purchase the correct one.
I need a new disk as my current one is failing. I've been told/read that I could clean install the upgrade version of Win 7/64 bit.
But I read a MS article yesterday saying you can't use the Win 7 upgrade version on a empty disk that had no prior Windows OS on it. In my case I will be installing a new OS on a new/empty HDD. So based on that MS article, it appears I can't use the upgrade version of Win 7 on my new disk. Agree/disagree?
So I am presuming at this point I should be purchasing a Win 7/64 bit OS OEM version for my situation. Yes/No?
Options: I have the option of downloading a ISO image of Win 7/64 bit OS. And doing the install with a USB flash drive. Online prices go from $200 for Win 7 Pro, others have the same OEM CD for $130. I see other sites selling the same OS branded OEM, for around $82. Any opinions/suggestions here welcomed.
I already downloaded the MS ISO/USB tool. I am in the process of trying to download the Win Pro 7/64 bit ISO [X17-59186], but it is taking way too long to download, as it is hanging at 12%, with 5 hours to go? I am concerned that if it takes this long to download, I should be leery of using this download? If it goes nowhere in the next hour or so, I will cancel the download. Any suggestions here are welcomed.
I also read that a normal USB flash drive is too slow for doing the ISO/USB install. I forgot where that article was or the type of USB drive he was referring to, but the author suggested a specific type of USB drive to do the ISO install faster. Anyone know what USB drive he might have been referring to?
I also presume that if I purchased a Win 7 OS disc from one of the online stores. I could apply the product key to validate the ISO/USB install and use the supplied OS disk as a backup.
Any opinions or comments welcomed.
Edited by hamluis, 09 June 2013 - 03:57 PM.
Moved from System Building to Win 7 - Hamluis.