OEM 32bit to OEM 64bit

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Riggs, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Riggs

    Riggs Guest

    I have got a new toshiba laptop with an AMD Turion64 x2 cpu and 2gb Ram
    vista home Premium 32bit OEM.
    I would like to know i can install a 64bit version of vista using using my
    same product key i do understand i would have to unistall my 32bit version.

    c. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version,
    such as 32-bit and
    64-bit. You may use only one version at one time.
    Riggs, Dec 7, 2007
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  2. Yes, you will need to order alternate media though from the OEM for the 64
    bit version.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Dec 7, 2007
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  3. Riggs

    Riggs Guest

    i do have a full retail version with 32bit and 64 bit for another computer
    what i would like to know is if i insert the 64bit vist in to my laptop and
    use my oem cd key for that version am i breaking the law.
    As from what it states in the MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS

    c. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version,
    such as 32-bit and 64-bit. You may use only one version at one time.
    Riggs, Dec 7, 2007
  4. Its not specified whether you are breaking the laws or not, but Microsoft it
    seems is allowing consumers to borrow genuine Vista SP1 disk when it becomes
    available in the future so they can upgrade Vista RTM installations. As for
    using your key, it depends, OEM keys are usually hard coded to the copy of
    OEM Vista they are distributed with, but its at least worth a try. Remember,
    its a clean install only and you will need to remove your existing
    installation of 32 bit Vista before installing the 64 bit version. This also
    brings up the question of Activation, which is why I am uncertain your OEM
    key would work with a retail 64 bit disk, since OEMs particularly
    responsible for activation.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Dec 7, 2007
  5. Riggs

    Mick Murphy Guest

    OEM Keys will not work with retail disks.

    Mick Murphy, Dec 7, 2007

  6. No, that wouldn't work. Product Keys are bound to the specific type
    and language of DVD/license (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with
    which they are purchased. For example, a Vista Home OEM Product Key
    won't work for any retail version of Vista Home, or for other any
    version of Vista, and vice versa. An upgrade's Product Key cannot be
    used with a full version DVD, and vice versa. An OEM Product Key will
    not work to install a retail product. Bottom line: Product Keys and
    DVD/license types cannot be mixed & matched.

    Secondly, the license for that retail Vista 64-bit is already in use on
    the other computer, even though it's the 32-bit version currently
    installed. That license entitles you to install one or the other, but
    not but simultaneously.

    Contact your laptop's manufacturer to obtain an OEM 64-bit installation


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    Bruce Chambers, Dec 7, 2007
  7. Riggs

    Doug Smith Guest

    No, you cannot upgrade from a 32bit oem to 64bit oem. I had several
    conversations with MS about this. The license terms you mention below
    refer to Vista Ultimate which gives you the ability to install any 32bit
    or 64bit version of Vista that you'd like as long as only 1 is installed
    at a time. Obviously this means that you can upgrade from 32bit premium
    oem to 64bit Ultimate.
    Doug Smith, Dec 7, 2007
  8. Riggs

    Riggs Guest

    Hi thanks for the replys.
    the licence that i read from was the one which poped up when i first boot up
    my computer the one i accepted so if i accept it dont that so an agreement
    between me and microsoft, and if that is the case then i should be able to do
    what it says in that licence i accepted.
    Riggs, Dec 7, 2007
  9. Riggs

    Doug Smith Guest

    I agree. But I think it says "the software MAY...." The "may" refers
    to the software that is included in Ultimate. The problem being that
    your disk won't have the 64bit software on it, does it? As others have
    said, I guess that if you can get the right disk and your serial works,
    then probably give it a shot! Hell, I just popped out $140 for WinXP
    pro yesterday after finally giving up on Vista. As far as I'm
    concerned, MS owes me money & time for the technological mishap known as
    Vista. I'd try any method to get more out of MS after going through
    this debacle.

    Doug Smith, Dec 7, 2007
  10. Riggs

    Riggs Guest

    over the years i have used microsoft i spent $$$$ and im still not happy i
    have friends telling me to go linux as its free and more stable. im just
    trying to get what i paid for, i don't want to have to buy a new disc as i
    have 1 ready i don't whant to buy a new product key as i have 5 of them.
    there must be a way to do this.
    Riggs, Dec 7, 2007
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