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$n][pErMan
05-26-07, 12:53 PM
I currently have 32bit Vista Business.... much like XP, is it possible to upgrade to 64bit Vista Business for free? (i.e. is there a download for those of us who currently own the 32bit version?). Driver support is starting to improve some and i'd like to give the 64bit version a try as eventually I want 4gigs of ram, not to mention the ability to use features that will probably only be avaliable on a 64bit OS.

Peoples-Agent
05-26-07, 03:16 PM
Doesn't the 64 bit version come on the same DVD and you can choose?

$n][pErMan
05-26-07, 03:21 PM
Doesn't the 64 bit version come on the same DVD and you can choose?
No... at least there was no choice for me...

Redeemed
05-26-07, 05:43 PM
[pErMan']No... at least there was no choice for me...

My copy came with two discs, though I'm running Ultimate, not business. I'd just check the MS website. There's probably a place where you could have them ship the 640bit version of Business to you.

Bearclaw
05-26-07, 06:07 PM
Both the 32 and the 64 bit only come with ultimate. Any other version talk to microsoft and they will ship you out a 64 bit version.

radekhulan
05-26-07, 06:10 PM
Only Vista Ultimate retail ships with 2 (x86 and x64) DVDs. For other versions, you can order x64 media for some small fee, licence key remains the same:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/1033/ordermedia/default.mspx

grey_1
05-26-07, 06:57 PM
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/1033/ordermedia/default.mspx

It took about 5 weeks for me to get my disc. Much worth it though.

$n][pErMan
05-26-07, 07:49 PM
Badass .... thanks guys!

j0j081
05-27-07, 02:55 AM
yeah I paid 10 bucks for my 64 bit Business media.

$n][pErMan
05-27-07, 01:24 PM
Just curious though... beside being able to see more ram, are there any other benifits? I am just wondering because my 32bit system is stabe as can be and I am starting to get a little weary of going to 64bit after reading all the issues. But if I have more to gain than just more ram it might be worth it :)

agentkay
05-27-07, 01:28 PM
I assume this service works only with the retail copies of Vista and not the OEM copies?

Jon
05-27-07, 02:28 PM
I assume this service works only with the retail copies of Vista and not the OEM copies?

I tried it with my Home Premium OEM key and it just said "No Offer Found".

j0j081
05-28-07, 12:10 AM
[pErMan']Just curious though... beside being able to see more ram, are there any other benifits? I am just wondering because my 32bit system is stabe as can be and I am starting to get a little weary of going to 64bit after reading all the issues. But if I have more to gain than just more ram it might be worth it :)
well after trying the 64 bit version to being with I went to 32 because nForce3 isn't very stable in Vista and wanted to see if it made any difference. I still got a few crashes in 32 bit so went back to 64 and the 64 bit version is definitely a lot snappier. Even games seem to load faster which totally surprised me.

$n][pErMan
05-28-07, 12:49 PM
Well I suppose my next logical question would be... can I upgrade my 32bit install or do I have to start over and install all my sh!t again?

Peoples-Agent
05-28-07, 01:07 PM
[pErMan']Well I suppose my next logical question would be... can I upgrade my 32bit install or do I have to start over and install all my sh!t again?
Looking at a format i'm afraid.

I would leave it until you next plan to format and start afresh.

Something I do quite often, like that new feel.