Vista Ultimate OEM to 64bit?

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Rob Hague, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. Rob Hague

    Rob Hague Guest


    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.
    Rob Hague, Jan 10, 2008
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  2. 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 Russel - MVP, Jan 10, 2008
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