Update Vista Home Premium from 32Bit Version to 64Bit Version

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Scott84, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. Scott84

    Scott84 Guest

    When I bought Windows Vista. I never knew there was a difference when it
    comes to ram between each version. 32bit has a 3GB Max. 64Bit has an 8GB Max.

    Since i bought the 32bit version, can i install the 64bit version or upgrade
    to it without paying another boatload of $?

    Thanks
     
    Scott84, Nov 11, 2007
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  2. Ordering Windows Vista 64-bit software media:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/1033/ordermedia/default.mspx

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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

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    When I bought Windows Vista. I never knew there was a difference when it
    comes to ram between each version. 32bit has a 3GB Max. 64Bit has an 8GB Max.

    Since i bought the 32bit version, can i install the 64bit version or upgrade
    to it without paying another boatload of $?

    Thanks
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Nov 11, 2007
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  3. Please note that 64 bit Vista requires a clean installation, and the
    physical amount of RAM it actually uses is 128 GBs.

    Home Basic - 8 GBs max
    Home Premium - 16 GBs max
    Business, Enterprise and Ultimate - 128 GBs.
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 11, 2007
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  4. Scott84

    Scott84 Guest

    I tried that link and entered everything in and double checked it all twice.

    Both times it said 'No Offer Found'.
     
    Scott84, Nov 11, 2007
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  5. Scott84

    Kevin Weaver Guest


    Yes you can.
     
    Kevin Weaver, Nov 12, 2007
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  6. If this is an OEM version of Vista, you might have to get that from the OEM
    you purchased your PC from.
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 12, 2007
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  7. Scott84

    Scott84 Guest

    It is indeed the OEM version. I got Vista with an LCD Monitor i purchased.

    I dont understand why I cant get it through microsoft? Or how i can even go
    through the manufacturer?

    Monitor if matters... Samsung Syncmaster 226BW 22"
     
    Scott84, Nov 12, 2007
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  8. OEM versions of Windows Vista are sold either as a
    32-bit version or a 64-bit version. In your case, you'll
    need to purchase the 64-bit version.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    It is indeed the OEM version. I got Vista with an LCD Monitor i purchased.

    I dont understand why I cant get it through microsoft? Or how i can even go
    through the manufacturer?

    Monitor if matters... Samsung Syncmaster 226BW 22"
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Nov 12, 2007
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  9. Huh, but none of the retail editions except for Ultimate FPP and Upgrade
    come with 64 bit media, so Scott84 is still in a conundrum.

    I know that Carey's post is a bit disappointing Scott84. Why don't you try
    looking on eBay for a 64 bit version of OEM Home Premium if really need it?
    You might get it cheaper than buying the retail Upgrade of Vista Home
    Premium then having to go through ordering process again.

    http://search.ebay.com/search/searc...&satitle=Vista+Home+Premium+64+bit&category0=
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 12, 2007
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  10. Scott84

    Scott84 Guest

    It is indeed dissapointing.

    I got Vista in a LCD + Vista Combo. It's not like they through it in for
    free. I paid much more to get Vista.

    There's no way I am buying the same operating system again. I can't afford
    to buy another copy of windows.

    Thanks for your help. I guess I am out of luck :(

    - Scott
     
    Scott84, Nov 12, 2007
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  11. Is there a possibility you could get returned to the place of purchase where
    you got it from for an exchange?
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 12, 2007
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  12. Scott84

    Scott84 Guest

    Unfortunately that is not possible.

    I bought the computer with all the parts in April.

    I couldnt afford 4GB of ram on initial purchase. But now I can.

    OEM Blows.

    - Scott
     
    Scott84, Nov 13, 2007
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  13. Scott84

    Tim Slattery Guest

    No. 32-bit Vista has a 32-bit address space, that's 4,294,967,296
    unique addresses. Some of that address space must be used to access
    video memory, RAM, etc. You will probably be able to use about 3.5GB
    of system RAM, but it will depend on what hardware is connected to
    your machine. See http://members.cox.net/slatteryt/RAM.html (the
    discussion pertains to 32-bit Vista as well as XP).
    64-bit Vista allows a 37-bit address space. That's 128GB or
    137,438,953,472 unique addresses. Your motherboard probably can't
    handle that much RAM, maybe that's where your 8GB number comes from.
     
    Tim Slattery, Nov 13, 2007
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