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OK this might be a really noob question but my laptop is back home in the UK and I am in California right now... I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 which came with Vista Ultimate. It has a 64-bit processor and so I would have thought that the OS would be 64-bit but I'm not sure. Does Microsoft ship 32-bit versions of Ultimate? How can I find out if my OS is 64-bit? The reason I ask is that I would like to upgrade the ram to 4GB but won't bother if it's only got 32-bit OS as it will only recognise 3GB of ram. Thanks.
    
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post #2 of 12
not sure how you would tell whether its 32 or 64 from overseas... lol.

But yes, Windows Vista Ultimate does come in a 32 bit version
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post #3 of 12
lol start>computer (right click)>properties

It will say "Windows Vista Ultimate (xx-Bit Edition)"

Yours is 99% 32bit since it's a dell
post #4 of 12
I've just tried to build a Dell on their site (UK) I tried to upgrade the OS on a 7720. I can only choose the 32bit version of Vista Ultimate over the 32bit version of Home Premium. So I would near enough guarantee that your OS back home is a 32bit version.
Edited by orbiter - 5/14/08 at 5:40pm
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i think you can get microsoft to send you the 64bit version and you just pay shipping
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post #6 of 12
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I have a feeling that it will be the 32-bit version. That would be great if Microsoft will send me the 64-bit version. Do you think I would have to call them here in the US (where I bought the laptop) or could I call in the UK?
    
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post #7 of 12
Touching on that question on M$ sending you the other respective version, is that limited to retail copies or will that apply to OEM's as well? I have my OEM Vista Business 32bit and I am dying to get the 64bit version and am not looking to buy another copy just for that.
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post #8 of 12
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Just found this on the Microsoft site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx
    
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post #9 of 12
hmm... "minimal fee"..... wonder what that actually means.
post #10 of 12
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I just tried it but it doesn't work for me. i entered the 25-character windows vista product key off the back of my laptop but it wasn't accepted. The message I got was:

We're sorry, the following error(s) have occurred:
No Offer Found

    
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