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Ok, just a dumb question before I needlessly spend $10:

I have Vista 32-bit on my laptop and want to upgrade it to 64-bit. I've already done this for my desktop; I ordered a 64-bit DVD from Microsoft for $10. My question is, can I use that same DVD to also upgrade Vista 32 on my laptop? The desktop has a retail version of Vista and the laptop has an OEM copy, so it got me wondering as to whether that would be an issue.
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The upgrade DVD is good for 1 activation and the retail copy is good for 5 activation that comes str8 from microsoft.
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The upgrade DVD is good for 1 activation and the retail copy is good for 5 activation that comes str8 from microsoft.
Uhh... I don't know where you got that from, but retail DVDs are identical to one another (besides of course 32/24bit) They do not deal with activations at all, only the key dictates activations.

Now as far as using it to convert your laptop's OEM install, you will need to backup the config file, install the same edition (premium, ultimate .etc), then apply the config file once again.

Here is a link how to do it http://www.directedge.us/node/24 It's needlessly long, but it contains a lot of useful information. Here is an abbreviated tutorial with the download for the program http://directedge.us/content/abr-act...up-and-restore
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Uhh... I don't know where you got that from, but retail DVDs are identical to one another (besides of course 32/24bit) They do not deal with activations at all, only the key dictates activations.

Now as far as using it to convert your laptop's OEM install, you will need to backup the config file, install the same edition (premium, ultimate .etc), then apply the config file once again.

Here is a link how to do it http://www.directedge.us/node/24 It's needlessly long, but it contains a lot of useful information. Here is an abbreviated tutorial with the download for the program http://directedge.us/content/abr-act...up-and-restore
Thanks! I will peruse these. The 64-bit DVD is the same edition (Home Premium). Why exactly do I need to back up the config file? Will it not work if I just reformat/reinstall with the Vista 64 DVD and use the OEM key?
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The 32 bit OEM key wont work on 64bit
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Thanks! I will peruse these. The 64-bit DVD is the same edition (Home Premium). Why exactly do I need to back up the config file? Will it not work if I just reformat/reinstall with the Vista 64 DVD and use the OEM key?
You need to use ABR to do the backup and the restore. ABR backs up both the license key AND the activation certificate. If you just use the license key you will not have the activation certificate and it will not activate, even if you call Microsoft.

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The 32 bit OEM key wont work on 64bit
Yes, it will.
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You need to use ABR to do the backup and the restore. ABR backs up both the license key AND the activation certificate. If you just use the license key you will not have the activation certificate and it will not activate, even if you call Microsoft.



Yes, it will.
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yes. just use it like your normally would and then type in your vista 32 code. there is no such thibg as "32" codes and "64" codes as there were with xp.
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An OEM Key will not work with a Retail Disk.
A Retail Key will not work with an OEM disk.

A 32 bit key will work on a 64 bit disk if it is the same type (OEM key only works with OEM Disk, Retail Key only works with Retail disk, and I know from personal experience a SP1 Retail Key will not work with a pre SP1 disk).

Error 10 had a link on how to get a OEM 64 bit disk somehow.

edit: HERE it is, $30
Edited by blupupher - 4/24/09 at 9:50am
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yea you can
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