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Old 10-24-09, 09:32 AM   #13
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Default Re: Can't go from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Win 7 with Upgrade Edition

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Huh? Not sure what you arer talking about Vin86. What upgrade key and what retail disc?
Vista I had an upgrade CD Key. I borrowed a retail disc from my friend to and used that to install with my own key. It worked. I think it will be the same for Win 7.

The only issue is getting your hands on the retail disc.
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Old 10-24-09, 09:43 AM   #14
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Ok so by retail disc you mean full install disc? You do know you can buy the upgrade disc via retail also, right? That's what was confusing me.

I think I read someone said the upgrade key wouldn't work with a full install disc.
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Old 10-24-09, 09:46 AM   #15
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Ok so by retail disc you mean full install disc? You do know you can buy the upgrade disc via retail also, right? That's what was confusing me.

I think I read someone said the upgrade key wouldn't work with a full install disc.
Yes, but typically the discs are called Retail, OEM, and Upgrade hehe
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Old 10-24-09, 10:18 AM   #16
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Default Re: Can't go from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Win 7 with Upgrade Edition

there are two ways around this, i'm not sure of the legality of either, but you won't here about these in forums.

1) download a vista64 iso via a torrent. since vista64 doesn't require a key to install, you'll be able to make a boot disc, install vista-64 and then unpack your win7 install files and create a bootable iso. repeat process for win7 and voila

2) install win7 64bit RC to extract files and rinse and repeat.

I'm assuming you're talking about the student files that you got as a download. Everyone was expecting iso files and instead everyone got a bunch of files that won't allow you to extract in a 32-bit environment. (you can do this install via a vmware virtual server too to make your life easier if you have the space )

ms and digital river didn't really think that one through too well.
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Old 10-24-09, 10:24 AM   #17
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Yea you can install Vista without a CD Key, it will just go into a trial period. That should work.
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Old 10-24-09, 12:44 PM   #18
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Use this trick:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...91#post2110491
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Old 10-24-09, 04:00 PM   #19
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Uhh guys the original poster already solved his problem. Instead of running the upgrade disc from within Windows he just booted with the cd and upgraded that way. No fancy tricks needed
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Old 10-24-09, 04:28 PM   #20
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I hate that you can't change the original title once you start a thread! I still can't believe that neither tech at MS knew you could do it. One even sent an email confirming his "advice." Here is the email. They told me that I would have to purchase the full retail of Win 7 to get the 64 bit version on my system.

Hi Gary Young,

This is Anay Suneel Joshi with Microsoft Windows Technical Support.

It was my pleasure to work with you on your Windows service request 1115167616. Unfortunately, we were unable to resolve your issue. However, I hope that you were happy with the service provided to you.

I will archive the service request as Not-Resolved. If you are not happy with the support we've provided please let us know as soon as possible. My goal is to ensure that your experience with Microsoft Windows Technical Support leaves you pleased with our products and services.

Here is a summary of the key points of the service request for your records:

Action: Upgrade to win7 64 bit
Result: Unsuccessful
Cause: Invalid Upgrade Path
Resolution: Windows Vista 32 bit cant be upgraded to Windows7 64 bit

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Old 10-27-09, 04:47 AM   #21
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He is right though, you cannot do an upgrade from Vista 32 to Windows 7 64. You can use the upgrade disc to do a custom (fresh) install but you cannot do an in place upgrade install.

This is where the wording gets tricky.
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Old 10-29-09, 10:49 AM   #22
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He is right though, you cannot do an upgrade from Vista 32 to Windows 7 64. You can use the upgrade disc to do a custom (fresh) install but you cannot do an in place upgrade install.

This is where the wording gets tricky.
The email is technically correct, but most of the phone call was about whether there was any way I could use the Upgrade version to install Win 7-64 on my computer...fresh install included.

I was told that if I could not use the Upgrade disc to install after booting to the disc. I would get an error (like in Vista if you put in the CD key during the boot install) that my version of Windows can only be installed from within Windows. I was told I needed to purchase a Full Retail version of Win 7 to install in a boot. That was where he was wrong. Unlike Vista, Win 7 Upgrade Edition internally checks elligibility during a boot install.
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