Vista 64 bit

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by ricsgone, May 19, 2008.

  1. Probably ought to post these two question in the
    microsoft.public.windows.vista.hardware_devices newsgroup as well.

    Make sure you have installed 64bit drivers for the mobo as well.

    "Jim" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > Well I did fhally get the 64bit to install but it was draining. Each time
    > I
    > tired to do a clean install Vista Ultimate 64 would say I did not have a
    > genuine copy of windows installed, which was not true but after 4
    > different
    > department calls to Microsoft I was handed off to India and the guy stayed
    > with me thru the whole install.
    > No one know why it did not see a real copy of Vista but he changed the key
    > and reset it back to the original. In any case it is working...sort of..
    > My problem now is ...and I am not sure this is the right forum so maybe
    > you
    > can point me in the right direction.
    > Vista Ultimate will only see 4 gb of my ram instead of the 8 I have and
    > even
    > tho I download the 64bit drivers for my Nvidia Geforce 8800GT, Vista only
    > see's that is a Nivdia card but only gives me a 1 on the graphics index
    > which
    > is not even close to the 5.7 I should have.
    > So perhaps you could tell me where to solve this as well?
    >
    > Jim
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >
    >> You're welcome.
    >>
    >> The clarifications.
    >>
    >> >IF I load my 64bit version will it allow me to install the 64 bit ver

    >> by
    >> > reformatting and doing a clean install (and I would save my files on
    >> > another
    >> > hard drive).

    >>
    >> You are not required to reformat and do a clean install in the classic
    >> sense. It is not necessary but it will be available to you. If you do
    >> not
    >> use the disk tools at all but just follow the instructions you will see
    >> still see the same two options, upgrade (disabled in the present case)
    >> and
    >> custom. Custom will roll up the old 32bit Windows into windows.old files
    >> and then install the 64bit Windows. You can deal with the windows.old
    >> folders later or not as you wish.
    >>
    >> You will also have the option of using the disk tools if you wish before
    >> installing the 64bit Windows in which case there will be no windows.old
    >> folders afterwards. The simplest is to just follow the steps and not
    >> worry
    >> about reformatting and such. Some people think you have to do a classic
    >> clean install because they always did with earlier Windows. But the
    >> Vista
    >> installer works differently from any earlier version and not reformatting
    >> does not have the same issues. In other words, you can't get hurt either
    >> way now.
    >>
    >> > Will it do a full install even though it would not see a previous 64bit
    >> > OS,
    >> > just my 32 bit ver.

    >>
    >> Vista Setup immediately scans the computer for existing Windows as soon
    >> as
    >> you enter the upgrade edition product key. It is very nearly
    >> instantaneous.
    >> It doesn't care about the bitness. It finds the existing Windows and
    >> then
    >> just lets you proceed. No messages. From that moment on Setup doesn't
    >> care
    >> about the existing Windows anymore. It has satisfied itself that you
    >> qualify to perform an installation using the upgrade pk. It doesn't
    >> check
    >> again. From that point on it just lets you get on with things your own
    >> way.
    >> It doesn't matter if you remove the existing Windows after the
    >> verification
    >> of your pk because Vista Setup is not going to look for it again.
    >>
    >> > In other words will it install as a full version by reforming the hard
    >> > drive
    >> > and doing a clean install. Does it need to see a older 64bit version
    >> > first?
    >> > Will it give me that choice?

    >>
    >> If you use an upgrade pk Setup does need to see an existing Windows but
    >> it
    >> does not have to be 64bit and it does not have to keep seeing it all
    >> through
    >> the installation process. All the existing Windows has to be is Windows
    >> 2000 Professional or later, any bitness.
    >>
    >> All installations of Vista are clean installations of the operating
    >> system.
    >> As I said, Vista Setup uses an imaging technology in which the formatting
    >> is
    >> inherent in the image. Setup will only reformat the rest of the drive if
    >> it
    >> is not already formatted NTFS or if you use the disk tools to do it
    >> before
    >> confirming installation. Setup will give you choices about where to
    >> install Windows if more than one partition is available.
    >>
    >> "Jim" <> wrote in message
    >> news:D...
    >> >
    >> > thank you for such a full explainion.
    >> >
    >> > Just so I understand my options. As I said my Vista Ultimate is an
    >> > upgrade
    >> > version.
    >> > And I am running the 32bit ver.
    >> > IF I load my 64bit version will it allow me to install the 64 bit ver
    >> > by
    >> > reformatting and doing a clean install (and I would save my files on
    >> > another
    >> > hard drive).
    >> > Will it do a full install even though it would not see a previous 64bit
    >> > OS,
    >> > just my 32 bit ver.
    >> > In other words will it install as a full version by reforming the hard
    >> > drive
    >> > and doing a clean install. Does it need to see a older 64bit version
    >> > first?
    >> > Will it give me that choice?
    >> >
    >> > Jim
    >> >

    >>
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 2, 2008
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