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Laptop comes with 32-bit VistaHP -- can I upgrade to 64-bit?

by barkal_l / May 16, 2009 1:38 AM PDT

From searching the web, there seems to be some conflicting information as to whether: 1) OEM Vista media contains the code for a 64-bit installation (my laptop comes with Vista HP 32-bit, I will do a clean install) and 2) will the key work for both versions (ie, I will use the legit OEM key, but will it work once I install the 64-bit version?). If it matters, I have 64-bit HP on my desktop so if the OEM key will work with 64-bit media, I can just use my 64-bit media.

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Let's break this into specific questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2009 3:10 AM PDT

1. can I upgrade to 64-bit?

No. There is no upgrade path. You get to wipe out and install it clean.

2. From searching the web, there seems to be some conflicting information as to whether: 1) OEM Vista media contains the code for a 64-bit installation (my laptop comes with Vista HP 32-bit,

Again no. Just like all Microsoft issued Windows, you get to find ALL the needed drivers for your machine. I strongly suggest you get these BEFORE the attempt.


3. I will do a clean install) and 2) will the key work for both versions (ie, I will use the legit OEM key, but will it work once I install the 64-bit version?). If it matters, I have 64-bit HP on my desktop so if the OEM key will work with 64-bit media, I can just use my 64-bit media.

That falls right into the LICENSE issues. From my experience it fails about 98% of the time so let's just say no.
Bob

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That's what I figured
by barkal_l / May 16, 2009 3:53 AM PDT

I know I would have to do a clean install, and find my own drivers, but I just needed clarification on the license issue. It sounds like I will pretty much just need to purchase an OEM 64-bit license and go forth.

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You can contact HP...
by John.Wilkinson / May 16, 2009 5:50 AM PDT
In reply to: That's what I figured

A Windows Vista key is valid for both 32-bit and 64-bit releases of the same edition, with the only restriction being you cannot install both under the same license at the same time. However, you cannot use your HP-provided license key with a retail or OEM disc purchased elsewhere, nor with an HP disc for a different model. Thus, you'll need to contact HP to see if they offer 64-bit media your make/model, for a nominal fee, to avoid purchasing a new license.

Hope this helps,
John

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