Questions regarding "upgrading" from 32bit to 64bit Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Adorialea, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Adorialea

    Adorialea Guest

    I recently bought a new computer from NewEgg, and purchased Vista Hom
    Premium. I didn't realize the 64bit software only came with Vist
    ULTIMATE, so I ordered the disc through Microsoft and I'm patientl
    awaiting it's arrival. In the mean time, my computer is sittin
    relatively unused until I get the disc, and I've plenty of time t
    stress about the upgrade. I have a couple questions regarding th
    process, and came across this forum to try and get some answers
    Everything I've been reading has been somewhat conflicting, so I'd lik
    to compile everything into a nice, easy to digest format

    1) I know I have to boot the computer with the 64bit disc installed
    and give the CD drive priority over hard drive in my motherboard's BIOS
    I'm interested in completely wiping my current version of Vista from m
    hard drive and starting completely fresh. When reading a tutorial abou
    installing Vista, it mentioned "formatting" the hard drive. Will I hav
    this option when going through the process of installing 64bit, an
    exactly what does it do?

    2) I keep reading about "activating" Vista. I remember seeing on som
    window something about needing to activate within 30 days or somethin
    to that effect. I know I have to do it, but would it be better for me t
    wait and activate Vista AFTER I get the 64bit version installed

    I'm really concerned things won't work out well. :cry
     
    Adorialea, Oct 5, 2008
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  2. Adorialea

    Brink Guest

    Hello Adorialea

    Yes, you will have the option of formating the hard drive during th
    installation of the 64 bit Vista. In fact, when you go from the 32 bi
    to 64 bit Vista, or the other way around, you must do a clean (formated
    install with the other bit version. A format will wipe the hard drive t
    a clean blank state ready to have the other version of Vista installed
    I do not know if you have a Upgrade or Full version of Vista, so thes
    two tutorials will help show you how to do a clean install with eithe
    one

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/68767-clean-install-upgrade-vista.htm

    o

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/117366-clean-install-full-version-vista.htm


    If you will be installing the 64 bit Vista before the 30 day tria
    period is over, then you can wait to activate until afterwards if yo
    like. If not, then it will not hurt to activate your current 32 bi
    Vista now if you like. If for any reason it will not activate for you
    then this tutorial will help show you how to do a phone activation t
    get your Vista activated

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/84488-activate-vista-phone.htm

    Hope this helps
    Shaw

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    Brin

    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
    them.*
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    *Please post feedback to help others.*
     
    Brink, Oct 5, 2008
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  3. Adorialea

    Adorialea Guest

    Thanks a lot. That helps calm my worries completely. I actually shoul
    be getting the 64bit software some time next week... well within the 3
    day period for activation.

    Thanks again! :
     
    Adorialea, Oct 5, 2008
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  4. Adorialea

    Brink Guest

    Your welcome Adorialea

    --
    Brin

    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
    them.*
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (http://www.vistax64.com)
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
     
    Brink, Oct 5, 2008
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