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Rob Hague 01-10-2008 09:30 PM

Vista Ultimate OEM to 64bit?
 
Hi,

Bought a new notebook with 4GB of RAM and it came with Windows Vista
Ultimate, 32bit. I went to the MS website to order the 64bit "Alternative
Media", but was made aware that the offer didnt include/support OEM versions.

I went to my OEM (as suggested) and was told that they did not stock it and
the only way to upgrade to 64bit would be the buy the retail product.....
which is unacceptable since i paid for the OS with the notebook, im not
prepared to spend £300+ to get a license for something i already have.

Perhaps its too much to hope for, but if someone from or representing
Microsoft could give me any information on what to do that would be good.

Charlie Russel - MVP 01-10-2008 10:17 PM

Re: Vista Ultimate OEM to 64bit?
 
There really isn't anything you can do, except buy a copy of Vista Ultimate.
OEM licenses are architecture specific. They do not include the right to
change architectures. You can buy an OEM copy of Vista Ultimate 64-bit,
since you don't need 32-bit. Or you can buy retail.

Many OEMs have been flexible with their buyers on this, allowing a swap out.
But not all. And I'd be VERY concerned about installing 64-bit onto a
machine that didn't have it as a shipping option. Make very sure that OEM
provides 64-bit drivers for everything.

--
Charlie.
http://msmvps.com/xperts64
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel


"Rob Hague" <Rob Hague@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:0E114191-3BB8-4E36-AA8D-B1B00D44AD01@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> Bought a new notebook with 4GB of RAM and it came with Windows Vista
> Ultimate, 32bit. I went to the MS website to order the 64bit "Alternative
> Media", but was made aware that the offer didnt include/support OEM
> versions.
>
> I went to my OEM (as suggested) and was told that they did not stock it
> and
> the only way to upgrade to 64bit would be the buy the retail product.....
> which is unacceptable since i paid for the OS with the notebook, im not
> prepared to spend £300+ to get a license for something i already have.
>
> Perhaps its too much to hope for, but if someone from or representing
> Microsoft could give me any information on what to do that would be good.




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