Vista Home Premium OEM 32bit to Ultimate OEM 64bit

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Doug, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Doug

    Doug Guest

    I have a PC running an OEM 32bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.
    I am contemplating installing an extra 2GB of RAM and am wondering if this
    change of spec entitles me to download and purchase the OEM 64bit version of
    Vista Ultimate.
    Microsoft seem to be reticent about their financial options. As a home user
    I do not wish to fork out for the full/retail version.

    Doug
     
    Doug, Sep 5, 2008
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  2. Doug

    DDW Guest

    No change of spec is necessary. If you found a retailer that has what
    you want at the price you want to pay... go for it.

    Note that you will have to do a clean install. You can't upgrade.
    Realize that there can be no expectation of support from Microsoft for
    an OEM version.

    DDW
     
    DDW, Sep 5, 2008
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  3. Using more than 2GB of RAM is really not necessary.
    Read the following:

    The Vista RAM puzzle: Is 2GB enough?
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=282

    Only "retail" editions of Windows Vista allow you to
    obtain 64-bit Windows Vista discs from Microsoft.
    OEM versions would require a new 64-bit license and
    would have to be purchased from a third-party source such as newegg.com.

    Example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast

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    I have a PC running an OEM 32bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.
    I am contemplating installing an extra 2GB of RAM and am wondering if this
    change of spec entitles me to download and purchase the OEM 64bit version of
    Vista Ultimate.
    Microsoft seem to be reticent about their financial options. As a home user
    I do not wish to fork out for the full/retail version.

    Doug
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Sep 5, 2008
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  4. Doug

    DDW Guest

    While you can read, your comprehension leaves something to be desired.

    The OP was looking to use the purchase of 2G of RAM as the "hardware"
    qualifier so that an OEM version of Vista could be purchased.
    The OP knew that. Like I said...

    DDW
     
    DDW, Sep 5, 2008
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  5. Doug

    AJR Guest

    Doug regarding "...am wondering if this
    change of spec entitles me to download and purchase the OEM 64bit
    version...." - Simple answer "no". technically there ae no OEM versions to
    purchase via download - "OEM version"is applied to software installed by the
    manufacturer.

    Your computer must be 64 bit capable - processor, chipset and so forth
    otherwise the OS will not install - also it must be a clean install not an
    upgrade.

    Regarding 32 bit RAM - lots of opinions about 2 gig versus 4 gig. Video and
    audio drivers are loaded in the bottom half of the memory stack -(one of the
    application limitations in addtition to addressing that limits 32 bit to 4
    gig). If you are a heavy graphics and audio "usere" 4 gigs is a definite
    assest.

    In addition , most users have Vista set to manage virtual memory - Vista
    sets virtual memory size based on RAM - 2 gig RAM and virtual memory about
    3.5 gigs - 4 gigs RAM memory 6 gigs. Virtual memory, Superfetch and
    ReadyBoost work in concert- draw your own conclusions.
     
    AJR, Sep 5, 2008
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  6. That really depends on what you are using the machine for.

    Common everyday work scenario for me:
    Open apps for working between them-

    ArchiCAD 11
    Adobe Photoshop CS3
    Adobe Acrobat Pro 8
    3ds Studio Max 10
    Sketchup Pro 6
    sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS3
    Skype
    Outlook 2007

    2x 22" CRT monitors @ QXGA resolution

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Sep 6, 2008
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  7. Doug

    Brian W Guest

    You don not need to purchase hardware, Vista Ultimate x64 OEM is available
    from Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Ultim..._20?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1220692338&sr=8-20


    Or, if you are in the UK:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Vis..._14?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1220692449&sr=8-14
     
    Brian W, Sep 6, 2008
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  8. That's not even CLOSE to being the best price.

    Newegg.com has it for $47 less. Royaldiscount.com for $60 less.
     
    Paul Montgomery, Sep 6, 2008
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  9. Doug

    Doug Guest

    Thanks everyone for your replies.
    If I buy from any of the sources mentioned would there still be a legal
    constraint against using VUx64OEM in place of the VHPx32OEM I am using at
    present, and, if so, would the insertion of two extra GB RAM be a sufficient
    hardware upgrade for my machine to qualify for an OEM licence?
     
    Doug, Sep 6, 2008
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  10. No legal constraint on the use of the new product, EXCEPT that it
    cannot be [legally] installed on another machine once installed.

    You do NOT have to buy any hardware to buy the OEM edition of Vista.

    However... you might check to see if you can combine the two and get
    free shipping on both. On Newegg.com you can.

    Royaldiscount.com sells only software. But is ships free.
     
    Paul Montgomery, Sep 6, 2008
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  11. BTW... I've done mucho business with Newegg.com and give it five
    stars. Free 3-day shipping (sometimes doesn't arrive until day 4) on
    many items.

    I bought the version of Vista I am using on this machine from
    Royaldiscount.com and give it the same, based on the single purchase.
     
    Paul Montgomery, Sep 6, 2008
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  12. Doug

    Doug Guest

    Thanks, Paul, reassuring and much appreciated - Doug
     
    Doug, Sep 6, 2008
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