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Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-11, 1:41 AM

Hi! How would I go about updating my 32 bit to 64 bit Vista? I'm upgrading my ram soon to 4gb.

 

Would the COA key work with a borrowed 64 bit dvd?

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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-11, 13:40 PM
The 32 bit Key won't work on the 64 bit version.
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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-12, 0:28 AM
Would they activate if i called?
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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-12, 1:27 AM
basically Microsoft consider 64 bit and 32 bit OS to be two different OS, so you will have to buy a new license. 
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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-12, 3:56 AM

Well, that's odd. I've gotten conflicting reports on whether Microsoft will let you upgrade.

 

http://en.community.dell.com/forums/t/18991854.aspx?PageIndex=2&c=us&l=en&cs=&s=gen says yes. There's a letter from a Dell representative. I doubt that a Dell COA is any different (keywise) from a Lenovo COA.

 

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/921658.html says yes, but I'll need to call Microsoft to activate.

 

The COA on the bottom of my laptop says neither x86 nor 64bit.

 

http://forums.techarena.in/vista-help/990874.htm says no, but I can't just use any DVD.

 

From what I understand, you can use either 64bit or x86 bit with the same key; just not at the same time.

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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-12, 4:23 AM

ObiWanShinobi wrote:

 

From what I understand, you can use either 64bit or x86 bit with the same key; just not at the same time.


That's correct for retail licence keys with Vista, but there are conflicting reports as to what actually happens with OEM licence keys with Vista... as you have discovered.  Microsoft in generally tends to be more restrictive about what can be done with OEM licence keys.

 

Probably the only way you are going to find out for sure is to try it and see what happens.

 

Cheers,

 

Bill

 

 

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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-12, 12:03 PM
In Australia, i have already tried, and the Microsoft people wouldn't allow me to do it, maybe in Canada they have different policies, have a try and see whether it works, if it does then all is well, if it doesn't, then nothing is lost. 
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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-15, 12:31 PM

I have a X61s with Vista Business x86 preinstalled. I installed the x64 version with a friends media and used the license from the label. The key worked after calling Microsofts activation machine :) ...

 

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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-16, 2:41 AM
Great to hear - thanks for the report.
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Re: Upgrade to 64Bit Vista

2009-02-17, 16:46 PM

Same problem here, my T61p came with Vista Ultimate 32bit preinstalled and I would like to switch to 64bit (upgraded to 4gig).

 

It seems to work with any Vista disk, but Microsoft won't send you the Alternate Media DVD with an OEM-key, they tell you to ask your system-manufacturer.

 

Does Lenovo send these disks too?

  

 

I do have a Dell installation disk for (Vista Business 64bit), is this a normal Vista disk and will it install Vista Ultimate on my Lenovo with the Lenovo OEM key or is it brand and version specific?

 

 

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