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upgrade OS?

2009-03-17, 21:14 PM

Is there anyway to upgrade the OS from 32bit to 64bit with Lenovo machines? I know from my previous experience with Dell I it certainly is possible with them.

 

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2009-03-17, 21:34 PM
Are you thinking like to upgrade free of charge? I'm curious myself but I guess the license we bought with our notebooks is for a 32-bit version of windows and thats it. I assumed you have to buy a 64-bit OS, which you can do at anytime. And than Ifigured out that it's better to wait for Windows7 64-bit version.
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Re: upgrade OS?

2009-03-17, 22:27 PM
I believe a COA is restricted to a Windows version [i.e. Vista Home Basic/Premium/Ultimate]. I don't think it's restricted to 32-bit or 64-bit OS.

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2009-03-17, 22:50 PM

That would be great! That also sounds quite easy and I would guess all these people complaining about 3GB restriction on their machine figured it out andI don't think anybody mentioned it (ie that it was free of charge). Now, I own an oem license is it ok for me to download Windows Vista Ultimate 64 (instead of buying a dvd) or would it be illegal?

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Re: upgrade OS?

2009-03-17, 23:12 PM

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I believe a COA is restricted to a Windows version [i.e. Vista Home Basic/Premium/Ultimate]. I don't think it's restricted to 32-bit or 64-bit OS.

 

Your correct because I bought Vista Business x64 edition OEM and used the key off my notebook to install and register it. I just want the CDs from Lenovo because the previous owner blew away the hard drive contents becuase he didn't like Vista at all and also wanted to reclaim the 20GB the system partition uses. Plus I would like to know that I don't have to go through all this hassle of installing the OEM again if something was to happen...

 

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2009-03-17, 23:15 PM

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That would be great! That also sounds quite easy and I would guess all these people complaining about 3GB restriction on their machine figured it out andI don't think anybody mentioned it (ie that it was free of charge). Now, I own an oem license is it ok for me to download Windows Vista Ultimate 64 (instead of buying a dvd) or would it be illegal?


 

If Lenovo wanted to charge me an upgrade fee which included shipping me the new CDs I would pay gladly pay for it. I don't think they should offer it for free though unless Microsoft started doing the same thing for their OEM users.

 

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2009-03-18, 0:04 AM

If you want to upgrade, you would have to obtain your own 64 bit OS installation cd from somewhere, then call up Microsoft to transfer the license from 32 bit to 64 bit version (they will issue you with a new serial number). You will only be eligible for a 32 bit to 64 bit upgrade, during the initial ordering process for your system.

 

 

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2009-03-18, 0:16 AM

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If you want to upgrade, you would have to obtain your own 64 bit OS installation cd from somewhere, then call up Microsoft to transfer the license from 32 bit to 64 bit version (they will issue you with a new serial number). You will only be eligible for a 32 bit to 64 bit upgrade, during the initial ordering process for your system.

 

 


 

Actually Microsoft made the keys universal because of problems they have had with getting people to use Vista. Hence why Windows 7 (aka Vista R2) is replacing Vista so soon. Microsoft has lost more money in creating Vista then they have made in selling it that they have had to lay off people.

 

Also I think if Lenovo didn't provide the recovery CDs with the machine they shouldn't have a problem with providing the 64bit CDs at the clients request as long as they have a valid Vista Business Edition CD key on their system issued by Lenovo. If this is a such a big problem for Lenovo they should then provide the recovery CDs with all their machines regardless if the client requests them or not.

 

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2009-03-18, 0:31 AM

The Recovery CDs are held in the service partition in your HDD, you have to make a copy of the disks yourself. 

 

The recovery media probably was not included because IBM never included them (you had to physically purchase it from them), regarding 64 bit OS media, i am not sure, i had to buy one for my desktop.  

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2009-03-18, 0:33 AM

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The Recovery CDs are held in the service partition in your HDD, you have to make a copy of the disks yourself. 

 

The recovery media probably was not included because IBM never included them (you had to physically purchase it from them), regarding 64 bit OS media, i am not sure, i had to buy one for my desktop.  


 

The purpose of my entire thread if you read it... is the previous owner blew away the 160GB hard drive which had Vista and the system partition to install Windows XP! :)   Being able to purchase the recovery CDs and paying and getting an upgrade to 64bit Vista would be a good idea as I am sure MS wouldn't care too much as they are lossing boat loads of money on the Vista operating system as it is.

 

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