Install Vista Business Upgrade 32 bit over OEM Vista Ultimate 64 b

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by PrincipleOne, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. PrincipleOne

    PrincipleOne Guest

    I have a new laptop with OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit and due to driver issues
    with programs like OneNote 2007 I need to have a 32 bit system. I have a
    Vista Business 32 bit upgrade disc and I was wondering if it can be installed
    as an upgrade (wouldn't that be a downgrade)?
     
    PrincipleOne, Jun 18, 2007
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  2. Business 32bit is not even a downgrade.. 32bit is regarded as a different
    platform to 64bit and will require a clean install..

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_upgrade_clean.asp


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    Mike Hall - MVP, Jun 18, 2007
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  3. PrincipleOne

    Rock Guest

    You cannot do an in place upgrade between the different platforms, either
    32bit to 64bit or the reverse. You will need to do a clean install of the
    32bit OS. I believe you can use an 32bit upgrade version with the 64bit as
    the qualifying OS. The current installation will be wrapped up into the
    Windows.old folder which can be deleted after you recover any needed data
    files.

    You can run the Windows Easy Transfer on the current installation to create
    a file to migrate data and settings on some form of removable media, an
    external hard drive or a network drive. After Vista 32 bit is installed use
    WET to bring that data into the new installation. Programs have to be
    reinstalled from original media.

    Note: I would not rely solely on WET as the only means of backup. I
    recommend you image the current installation to an external hard drive using
    Acronis True Image version 10. That way the original installation and data
    are preserved. Then use WET.
     
    Rock, Jun 18, 2007
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  4. PrincipleOne

    mikeyhsd Guest

    have you considered using VPC2007(FREE) and running the 32 bit as a guest in virtual environment.

    going from 32 to 64 or back, usually requires a clean install.







    I have a new laptop with OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit and due to driver issues
    with programs like OneNote 2007 I need to have a 32 bit system. I have a
    Vista Business 32 bit upgrade disc and I was wondering if it can be installed
    as an upgrade (wouldn't that be a downgrade)?
     
    mikeyhsd, Jun 18, 2007
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  5. PrincipleOne

    colinzim Guest

    Hello Rock,
    "qualifying OS" = which ?
    That I can use Business 32-Bit (disc) and and skip the "key" and it
    activate on top of my 64 Ultimate ?
    any links .... tried google
     
    colinzim, Dec 9, 2007
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  6. PrincipleOne

    Mick Murphy Guest

    You can't "skip" keys unless you are doing a clean install from an upgrade
    disk. Then you put the key in the second time around.

    But, you have a problem.
    To change from 32bit to 64bit, or 64bit to 32 bit, it has to be a clean
    install wirh full OS, not upgrade..
    In other words, boot from CD/DVD drive, delete partition, formatt, install.
     
    Mick Murphy, Dec 9, 2007
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  7. PrincipleOne

    colinzim Guest

    Thanks for the quick info: so I need a new key for the 32bit biz ?
    In otherwords buy a copy of Vista Business 32-Bit ?
    I was hoping I wouldn't have to
    Thanks 'gain
     
    colinzim, Dec 9, 2007
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