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Old June 26, 2009, 03:17 PM
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Right, and that means this:

Installation choices for 64-bit consumer versions of Windows Vista
Installing a 64-bit version of Windows Vista on computer that is running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista

If you have purchased an Upgrade license together with a Windows Vista DVD, you must use one of the following methods.

Method 1

Purchase a full version of the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

Method 2

  1. Remove the 32-bit version of Windows Vista.
  2. Install Windows XP.
  3. Install the 64-bit version o

Installing a 64-bit version of Windows Vista on a computer that is running a 32-bit version of Windows XP or of Windows 2000

Most Windows XP and Windows 2000 users have the 32-bit version of these operating systems. For example, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home, Windows Tablet Edition and Windows Media Center Edition only come in 32-bit versions. For these operating systems, there is no upgrade installation path available when you upgrade from a 32-bit operating system to a 64-bit operating system. However, you can perform a custom installation that uses an upgrade license.

After you purchase a Windows Vista DVD, follow these steps:
  1. Back up all the data and the settings by using Windows XP Backup.

    Note You can also use Windows Easy Transfer. This back up program is available on the Windows Vista DVD. However, you must use the version that is on the 32-bit Windows Vista DVD if you want to use Windows Easy Transfer to back up a 32-bit version of Windows.
  2. Insert the 64-bit version of Windows Vista into the system DVD drive, and then restart the computer.
  3. Start Windows Vista Setup from the DVD when you are prompted.

    Note You must start Windows Vista Setup by starting the computer from the Windows Vista 64-bit DVD. The installation package will not run on a 32-bit operating system.
  4. When you are prompted during Windows Vista Setup, remember to select Custom as the installation type.
  5. After installation is complete, you can restore the data from its backup location.
both methods of upgrading from 32bit OS to 64bit OS require you to have a 32bit OS installed first and be in the desktop...

Also, upgrading from 32bit OS to 32bit Vista requires the previous OS installed:

Installation choices for consumer versions of Windows Vista (32-bit only)

Installation choices for Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Professional N Editions


If you have Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Professional N Edition installed, you can upgrade to the following versions of Windows Vista:
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
Note Make sure that you have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed before you upgrade to Windows Vista.

After you purchase the retail store package or download Windows Vista from the Windows Marketplace Web site, follow these steps:
  1. On the computer that you want to upgrade, visit the following Web site to obtain the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor: Get Windows Vista: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor (Get Windows Vista: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor)
  2. Run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to check the system's compatibility with Windows Vista.
  3. Insert the Windows Vista DVD.
  4. Select Upgrade during the Setup process.
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