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Windows 7 install confusion

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There is no way I am going to come out of this question with my pride, so here it goes...
I rec'd the email from the Microsoft Store that I can download my pre-ordered Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.  I click on the link and it takes me to the Microsoft Store site that is shown in my included screenshot.

CURRENT OPERATING SYSTEM:  a full version of Windows XP Professional 32bit

GOAL:  I want to UPGRADE to the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Professional.

I am confused as to which file I am supposed to download in order to run the upgrade for Windows 7 Professional.  I have provided a screenshot of the site with the 4 different versions that I can download to install Windows 7.

Displayed are both 64 & 32 bit versions of either an "ISO" file or an "Executable" Install file.   I would prefer to download the ISO file version and burn it to a DVD.  This way I have a solid copy in case I have to re-install later.

My confusion is centered around the 64/32 bit-specification of the install files shown in the screenshot.

Does the bit-version specification mean what I want to upgrade to?
--- OR ---
Does the bit-version specification mean what environment the upgrade process will be executing in?

(Believe me folks...I know I am over-thinking this, but I am confused)

I am confused because I cannot confirm the exact steps to initiate the UPGRADE.  Using the ISO option, How do I initiate the UPGRADE?  

METHOD 1:  Do initiate from within my current Windows environment ???
--- OR ---
METHOD 2:  Do I insert the DVD, Shut-Down, and then Boot-Up to begin install ???

If "Within Curr Windows Environment" is used then that would imply that I need to get the 32bit ISO file so that the install will properly execute in my current Windows 32bit environment (and then later during the UPGRADE process, declare that I want the 64bit version of Windows 7)?

If "Re-Boot" method is used then that would imply to me that I should get the 64bit ISO file so that my UPGRADE will be a 64bit version of Windows7 Pro.

Is there anyone who can clear this up for me?

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