I am trying to resolve some conflicting information I'm getting from
I'm looking to purchase Vista (probably Ultimate) and will probably go with
My local computer store says that you have to specify whether you want the
x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of Windows Vista in addition to the
product edition (e.g. Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate). Specifically,
you do not get both versions in a single box.
However, on the Microsoft website there is a Vista Product Overview that
says the following (I include a reference to the original documentation);
the quote is from the last paragraph of page 7:
==> Begin Quote
A goal of the Windows Vista SKU strategy is to make key technologies more
broadly available. For example, Windows Media Center, a separate product
edition of Windows XP, is now included as functionality in the Home Premium
and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. And Tablet PC, also a separate
Windows XP edition, is now included as a capability in the Windows Vista
Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. One more example
is 64-bit computing-with Windows Vista, you no longer need to choose between
32-bit and 64-bit versions. Both versions are available with every product
edition except Starter.
==> End Quote
From this, I think I can just buy 1 copy of "Windows Vista Ultimate" and
install either (not both) of the x86 or x64 versions.
Could someone who has actually purchased the product please indicate which
of the two scenarios is correct.