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Vista home premium to Ultimate

by M S Miller / December 3, 2008 6:23 AM PST

My Laptop came with Vista Home Premium 32bit installed on it. If I buy and install Vista Ultimate 32bit on this laptop will I loose all of the structure and programs I have presently on my laptop?

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Unlikely
by Jimmy Greystone / December 3, 2008 6:47 AM PST

Unlikely if you just do a key swap to unlock the Ultimate features not in Home Premium.

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How to - "Key Swap" Vista, Home Premium 32 to Ultimate 32?
by M S Miller / December 8, 2008 7:22 AM PST
In reply to: Unlikely

My Laptop came with Vista Home Premium 32bit installed on it. If I buy and install Vista Ultimate 32bit on this laptop will I loose all of the structure and programs I have presently on my laptop?

How do I step through the "Kew Swap"? Do I boot from the new Ultimate or just auto-run it?

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It will not work...
by John.Wilkinson / December 8, 2008 10:27 PM PST

1.) Yes, through a standard installation you'd lose your current setup. An upgrade installation is better, but still leaves cleanup work to be done to get all of your files back in order.

2.) The key swap is only from replacing a key with a key for the same edition. In your case you're going from Home Premium to Ultimate, so performing a key swap would invalidate your copy of Vista, not add new functionality.

John

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ultimate
by zmatt / December 3, 2008 3:27 PM PST

no ultimate comes with a 64 bit as a new upgrade and maintains 32 bit as a normal function.
you will gain only a little more ability to add more ram. if you are a gamer then go.

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Is this something new? 64 bit 'upgrade'?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 10:48 PM PST
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So far I thought it wiped out the installed OS or if you kept the 32 bit it would be a dual boot if you had the hard disk space to install 64 bit.

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That's funny
by Jimmy Greystone / December 4, 2008 1:13 AM PST
In reply to: ultimate

That's funny, because unless I'm hallucinating or something, the original poster specifically said they wanted to install the 32-bit version of Vista Ultimate going from their 32-bit version of Home Premium. I don't see any mention of the 64-bit version of Vista anywhere until your post.

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