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Alright, so for a future PC i plan to build i need to buy a new OS, want to get windows vista home premium. Now, OEM vs Retail. Just to get things straight if I buy OEM and i want to upgrade my motherboard in the future i will need to buy a new OS? But retail i can reuse over and over as long as it is only being used on one computer? So is it better to buy retail? Even though OEM costs about $160 less than retail?
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that is correct. if you plan on upgrading your motherboard a load of times then retail will work out cheaper and better
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Alright thanks! So, upgrading others parts of a PC, excluding the motherboard, will not affect the OS? I once heard that you can only have a certain amount of upgrades per OS, that might have been OEM though.
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Last question, does windows vista home premium come with 64 bit software? If not, how would i get it?
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All retail copies of Vista include x86 and x64 lisences, you can choose which one you want to use. However, OEM copies are either x86 or x64 and can't change this after purchase unles you buy a new lisence.

I'm useing Vista x64 but to be honest the only 64-bit software I have are the drivers, anti-virus, virtual drive and Far Cry. There's other 64-bit capable software out there but those are the only things I use at the moment.
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All retail copies of Vista include x86 and x64 lisences, you can choose which one you want to use. However, OEM copies are either x86 or x64 and can't change this after purchase unles you buy a new lisence.

I'm useing Vista x64 but to be honest the only 64-bit software I have are the drivers, anti-virus, virtual drive and Far Cry. There's other 64-bit capable software out there but those are the only things I use at the moment.
Thats odd as on my Vista disk there is no apparent option for 64bit Install !
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