Upgrade From Vista - Create Boot Cd

I have windows vista and i just bought windows 7 ultimate upgrade. My comp came with vista already installed on it, and i was thinking what if my comp crashes, i would not be able to do a full install with this software right? I asked bestbuy when i bought the cd and they said to create a windows boot cd. I thought i created it when i first got the comp but when i put in the disk it was blank. How do i create one? I cannot remember how i did it. Now if i create one and my comp crashes and i need to
Reinstall windows that cd will do it right? I want to make sure of everything before i open the cd and it is too late.

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