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OEM 32-bit Vista to 64-bit

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I hear that if you have the 32-bit version, you can reinstall the 64-bit version for free?

Is the version installed dependent on the key you use or the disc? I heard some say that all Vista discs have all versions of it and what is installed depends on the cd-key you enter. But I also heard that you can install the 64-bit version if you have a 64-bit version of the disc and use the 32-bit version of the key.

Which is it?

Thanks.
post #2 of 6
You can get the 64bit for $10 but I don't think you can do it with a OEM. It has to be retail. You use the same key as the 32 bit.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx
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maybe...call MS and ask.
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post #4 of 6
I have done this, retail version I purchased at best buy. Comes with a card that gives you a website to go to you pay microsoft $9.00 and they send you the 64bit cd and you use your 32bit product key. The only thing is when I purchased my vista it had SP1 already on it when I got the 64bit I had to download SP1 from the update manager. No real biggy but added another 30-40min of install time, which sucks.
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I've been reading around and people have said that it should work because the Vista key isn't tied to the architecture (64/32bit). I'm bout due for a format, maybe I'll do a test.
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you can't get 64-bit software if you have a 32-bit key for the OEM version. For the full retail version, you can for a fee. At least, thats what M$ site said, but they are known to be very flexible with their policies. Call up customer service.
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