Windows Marketplace Upgrade Options Tool / 64-bit vs 32-bit / Academic versions

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by invader, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. invader

    invader Guest

    I ran the Windows Marketplace Upgrade Options tool to see if I could upgrade
    'in place' my XP Pro system to Vista. It very nicely informs me that I can
    upgrade to Vista Business (but neither of the home versions). That part I

    However, when I click the link in the tool for the business edition, it
    brings up a web page for 64-bit Vista Business upgrade.

    To the best of my knowledge (and I'm pretty sure about this), I'm running the
    32-bit version of XP. From what I've read, you cannot do an in-place upgrade
    from 32-bit to 64-bit. Is this tool totally bogus or what? It damn near had
    me ordering the wrong version...

    Second question -- I believe I'm using an academic version of XP pro. Can you
    upgrade from 'academic' XP pro to Vista business? The Upgrade Options Tool
    seems to think I can, but I don't have a whole lot of confidence in that
    tool. I've heard someone say that academic versions are not eligible for
    upgrade, so I want to be darn sure before I give microsoft my hard-earned 200
    bucks just to have the installer puke half-way through with a licensing

    IMO Microsoft is insane having four different versions of windows, two
    platforms per version, two different kinds of releases (upgrade, full), and
    bizarro eligibility requirements for performing upgrades. It makes life a
    complete mess for the end user, and causes many of them to NOT purchase the
    product because they don't understand the insane licensing requirements.
    invader, Feb 14, 2007
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  2. invader

    Rock Guest

    You forgot to add OEM and Volume License versions into the

    I cannot say for sure but I believe Academic XP Pro is a qualifying OS to
    use an upgrade version. I would suggest you not buy it online though.
    Purchase what you need at your favorite discount software retailer so you
    get the DVD. It will undoubtedly be less cost.
    Rock, Feb 14, 2007
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