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32 to 64 "Upgrade": Almost flawless setup

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Old 08-21-2007

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32 to 64 "Upgrade": Almost flawless
I ordered by Alternate Media DVD from MS and while I waited for it to be
delivered, I read up all the posts on installation problems with x64 version
of Vista.

It paid off!
An "upgrade" to x64 means you are starting with an upgrade version of Vista
and x64 version requires a clean install to work. The only path is briefly
mentioned in MS Knowledge base which basically states:
1. Wipe the hard drive.
2. Install XP Pro (activation and updates not necessary)
3. Boot from the x64 Vista DVD and select Custom Install.

Unfortunately, I originally installed Vista Home Premium as an upgrade and
later purchased the Windows Anytime Upgrade to Ultimate. This was going to be
a long "upgrade."

XP Pro didn't want to install the first time (BSOD), but based on other
posts, I simply tried again and it went off without a hitch.

Installing x64 Vista Home Premium was the fastest install to date! And, once
the automatic updates were done, both video and audio worked fine.

Now, for the upgrade to Ultimate. It failed. Oops! Windows Anytime Upgrade
requires the current installation to be activated. Had to use the phone
activation with a person because the product key is already in use (32-bit

Windows Anytime Upgrade fails to install at the Expanding Files stage (Black
screen of death) and reverts to the previous installation. Again, based on
postings, tried again, but turn off automatic updates. This time it works,
but it takes twice as long as the first version to install.

Install all my apps, one at a time and try each. Everything works.
Run automatic updates and 34 updates later, everything installed.
Re-map memory in BIOS to move the "hole."

Have to activate by phone, again!
Verify MS recognizes software as genuine...
Vista, check.
Office, not genuine. What?
I installed it from my holographic disk with the MS provided product
key on my Certificat of Authenticity. All the updates installed. It works
fine. But, it's not genuine.
Diagnosis: Product key is blocked by Microsoft.
I called MS and they won't give me the time of day... it's not genuine.
They think it's pirated?

I'd like to solve this before I make a complete backup if possible so I
don't have to go through this again. Any suggestions? (Other than buying
another disk.)
Otherwise, going to 64-bit was fairly easy, but long process.
No driver issues. All memory seen.
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