Vista 32 Bit Home Premium (OEM) to Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium (Upgrade) with new Hard disk drive

My current setup: I have a 2 year old HP laptop which came with Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit pre-installed (OEM).  I have a partition on the hard disk that will allow me to 'restore' my system.  I also received the 'restore' DVD from HP. I do not have the OS re-installation DVD as this was OEM (and HP doesn't give these out with their laptops) - I only have the 'restore' DVD / Partition on the HDD.

I bought the Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium (Upgrade version) last summer when Win 7 was released but have not had the time / courage to use it yet! (Laziness too!). 

Current Problem: My laptop HDD is only 160GB and its already too full. 

This is what i want to do: I would like to replace my existing 160GB HDD with a new 500GB HDD and move from my existing Vista 32-Bit OS to the new Windows 7 64-Bit OS. If at all possible, i would like to do a clean install of Windows 7 on the new HDD instead of upgrading from Vista to Windows 7.

Can this be done?  If so, can anyone walk me through the steps!  Thanks!




Question Info

Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 1,304 Applies to:

The user's manual cover how to move to a new hard drive (Don't forget to include the "Hidden" partitions on your existing drive as part of the backup)

Norton Ghost version 15 - has a 30 day trial available
Supports: CDR/RW, DVD+-R/RW, Blu-Ray devices,USB and FireWire® (IEEE 1394) devices,Iomega® Zip® and Jaz® drives
(Trial does not allow you to create a Bootable Restore CD which you will need)
User's Guide:

Acronis True Image 2010 - has a 30 day trial version available,
(Create a Restore/Rescue Media CD before you start)
Version Comparison:
True Image User's Guide:

Product Review
Ghost 15 screen shots:

Product Review Acronis True Image Home 2010:



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