And it's legal, too!
This guide is for Windows Vista. If you have Windows 7, you can obtain ISO images here
If you have a retail or an upgrade version of Windows Vista, go here
and put in your Product Key. Cost is $10 shipped.
Most OEM keys won't work with the above retail site, but you can try it. If yours doesn't work, see below.
Retail versions of Windows 7 already include both 32-bit and 64-bit installation media.OEMHow to get your disc:
- One of the valid reasons for media replacement is: Upgrade/downgrade from 32/64-bit Windows Choose this option when visiting the sites below.
- You need to put in the COA number, NOT the product key!
- You do NOT need to put in the name of your computer manufacturer.
Now the unfortunate part is it costs $30 shipped (in the US). But at least there is a (relatively inexpensive) legal option for 32-bit Windows OEM users to get their 64-bit discs!
You will need a major credit or debit card to complete the purchase. (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) Which cards are accepted may vary by country.
If the site doesn't accept your COA number for Windows 7, call the phone number listed below.United States/Canada
Visit this site, where all SB OEM keys are accepted, and see the hints above to ensure your order goes smoothly.Media Replacement for End Users of System BuildersWorldwide
For other countries, check the list here
and select your region.Still didn't work?
If you tried to use a COA number from a royalty OEM (e.g. Delll, HP, etc.) then the above sites probably won't work for you. In this case you need to contact the system manufacturer directly to obtain 64-bit media. Some will provide it for you and some won't.
In case the Microsoft web site doesn't work for some reason, you can also call the Microsoft Supplemental Parts Department at 1-800-360-7561, Monday through Friday, 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time.