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How to go from Vista 64 down to Vista 32?

by nishijb / March 28, 2008 10:24 PM PDT

I just ordered a quad core desktop and I opted for the Vista Premium 64-bit OS. After doing some reading I found that an important piece of software won't work on 64. Is there any way that I can go down to 32? will my 64 product key work for 32 as well?

I have a Vista Premium 32 upgrade disk...could this be used for a clean install and then use my 64 key?

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One more question...
by nishijb / March 28, 2008 10:59 PM PDT

I am a university student and can purchase a Vista Ultimate 32 upgrade disk. I know that people usually use it to upgrade from XP but can I use this upgrade disk to go from Premium 64 to Ultimate 32?

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Vista x64 to Vista x86...
by John.Wilkinson / March 29, 2008 1:35 AM PDT
In reply to: One more question...

A Vista product key is valid for both x86 and x64 editions, provided you only use it for one installation at a time. However, if your OS was preinstalled by HP, Dell, etc. and not a retail version, you'll have to request the alternate x86 media from the manufacturer as the key is not valid with a retail or upgrade DVD.


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Another question
by nishijb / March 29, 2008 2:03 AM PDT

If I buy the Ultimate 32 upgrade from my university, isn't there a way that I can clean install this ultimate 32 on my machine?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2008 3:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Another question

If you research the drivers needed for your machine you might be able to. I've lost faith in today's users being able to install Windows proper.

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Technically yes...
by John.Wilkinson / March 29, 2008 5:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Another question

It is possible to install Vista without entering a product key, and then performing an upgrade from Vista to Vista once installed, this time activating using the upgrade key. However, the license states you must have a current, qualifying license to Windows in order to perform the upgrade, and while the upgrade is in use you cannot use that original copy of Vista on any computer. Thus, you could technically clean install an upgrade version purchased form the university and then not use the copy that came preinstalled on your computer for the duration.

Note: You'd have to track down all of the drivers again to make all of the hardware function properly.


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by nishijb / March 29, 2008 6:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Technically yes...

Thanks for the info. I should be find as I was able to find my exact computer on the HP website with drivers for both 64 and 32 bit versions of Vista.

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Makers are letting me down.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2008 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks.
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