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Ok I know all about the whole 4gb ram limit with 32-bit and blah blah blah. So let's get onto my small problem. After reading a post on these forums about how you can obtain Vista 64-bit for $10 if you had proof of Vista 32-bit in your possession intrigued me. So I followed along with it on Microsoft's website and well it worked and I just received it. I popped it in just to look at it and when I clicked on install it says "Your computer cannot run this version of the Operating System". It also says boot from install media. That means pop in the CD while booting and tell the bios to boot from DVD instead of HD first right?

I am planning within the next few weeks to upgrade my RAM/Video Card/Mobo and wondering how to go about installing Vista-64 bit. I am thinking I would have to just re-format the system and then do a clean install. But I don't want the disc to give me some error then and be out of a computer until I can get around to fixing it. Basically I want the transition to be smooth and that's what I need your guys help for

I am sure it's something simple but I just need to be sure.
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Just format your whole HD using the Vista Disk.

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If you have a Windows Vista CD: Select the Install link then Custom (Advanced) installation method. Choose the partition on the hard drive you want to install Windows Vista. Note: For a completely 'clean' install (meaning hard drive contents wiped out completely), choose the "Format" command found after clicking the Drive Options (Advanced) link. Then click the Next button and installation will proceed.

Once Windows is reinstalled, you will have to reinstall your other programs individually from your original install disks.
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I went from Vista 32 to Vista 64, installing was easy as you said it will give you an error using the disk on a 32-bit system, but when you boot from the drive it should load up and everything should work, just have the drivers for all your hardware ready just in case, stick 'em on a flash drive or a DVD and you should be golden.
     
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