Vista Home Premium 64 bit Upgrade from Vista Home Basic 32 bit operating system

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Archquark, Jun 11, 2009.

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    Archquark Guest

    My neighbor bought a Compaq Presario with an AMD Athlon 64 bit processor
    which came installed with Windows Vista Home Basic 32 bit operating system.
    If he buys the upgrade to Windows Home Premium will the disk recognize he
    has a 64 bit processor and install the 64 bit operating system and not just
    upgrade to 32 bit Vista Home Premium system.
    Archquark, Jun 11, 2009
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    botox Guest

    He should save his money and wait until October to get Windows 7, what Vista
    should have been.
    Judging from the release candidate this is a worthwhile "upgrade" where as
    the XP to Vista change is kind of pointless.
    If you do not know under what specific circumstances you would benefit from
    a 64 bit OS there is no reason to choose the 64 bit version and many reasons
    not to, most specifically lack of drivers for many peripherals that have
    fully functional 32 bit Vista drivers.
    botox, Jun 12, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Archquark.

    Be sure your neighbor knows that ANY transition from 32-bit to 64-bit - or
    vice versa - will require a "Clean Install". That means a reformatting the
    partition, installing the new Windows, then re-installing all applications
    from their original media. Data can be backed up and restored. But most
    apps, even if the files are in place on the HDD, will need to be reinstalled
    so that the new Windows can make the necessary entries in its new Registry.

    This "clean install" requirement is because of the hardware and driver
    differences between 32-bit and 64-bit. It is independent of any licensing
    issues or even about an upgrade to Premium or to Win7. (Win7 should be
    available at retail on October 22, 2009.)

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100
    R. C. White, Jun 12, 2009
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    Mr. Jon Pope Guest

    The product key is not the same after you buy the 64bit dvd from Microsoft.
    You will need to call them and they will give u a new key free of charge. I
    know I had to do this
    Mr. Jon Pope, Jun 13, 2009
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    Archquark Guest

    I appreciate all the replies. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium 64
    myself and have not had any significant problems. I was unable to find the
    reference to the $9.95 upgrade on the Microsoft Canada site but I will
    suggest to my neighbor that he call them. I will help him with the " Clean
    Install " as I have performed a similar process several times while I was
    running Windows XP.
    Archquark, Jun 15, 2009
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    Curious Guest

    The 9.95 Vista 64 bit installation DVD is available to users who purchased a
    retail copy of Vista that did not already include both DVDs in the package.
    It does not come with a new product key the key from the retail 32 bit
    version is what is used. If the 32 bit DVD has already been installed phone
    activation will be required to obtain a new product ID in order to activate
    the 64 bit installation. You can perform a clean install of the 64 bit
    version on top of the 32 bit version without reformatting and if you do your
    32 bit files will be saved in a folder named "Windows.old"
    which you can delete after you copied any files from it that you want.
    Curious, Jun 15, 2009
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