XP vs 7 - thoughts

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tankollie

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Hey guys,

Currently running a 32 bit OS with Vista. My computer supports 64 bit, but I am not sure how to go about installing it. Ive tried installing XP 64 and Windows 7 64, but I cannot not proceed to the setup because my operating system is not compatible. Ive tried restarting and booting from the CD and doesn't work.

But to my question, I currently have 2 GB of RAM, and going to 4 GB. As you guys know, 32 bit OS wont recognize anything past 3. Would you recommend going with XP or 7 if you are looking for a fast robust system.

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You can certainly upgrade from Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. You'll have to do a custom install which will wipe out the existing Windows installation and move it to a Windows.old folder. You have to boot from the Windows 7 installation disk. You can't run it from within Windows Vista. If you want to do that, provide more details as to what isn't working.
 

tankollie

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That would be ideal. I have tried very hard to boot from the Windows 7 disk and it doesn't seem to work. I cant seem to get into my BIOS to specify booting from CD as primary option. Which is what I gather I have to do. I read on the internet all I have to do is just make sure the Windows 7 DVD is inserted when I boot my computer and that should work, although it doesnt seem to do anything? And of course I cant install it when my computer is loaded up.
 

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Did you change the boot order in the BIOS? Or press a key indicated on the boot screen for Boot Options or Boot from CD/DVD or something similar? If the computer is new enough to handle Windows 7, then it certainly supports booting from a legitimate Windows 7 installation disk, and then you can install it.
 
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