"Tyler" <Tyler@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
>I just received my copy of Windows Vista Home Premium today. I noticed that
> it is the 32 bit edition and to get the 64 bit edition I have to order it
> form Microsoft. I have an idea of how to get around this that I wanted to
> you about.
> At http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...rade_clean.asp
> It talks about how to do a clean upgrade. It says that when you don't
> your product key, it will ask you which version you want to install.
> Could I take my friends copy of Vista ultimate, and go through the
> installation process, but tell it to install Windows Vista Home premium.
> follow the instructions of reinstalling vista and entering my home premium
> I guess the short way to ask this confusing question would be. Can I use a
> home premium CD Key and a ultimate disc, to install the 64 bit home
Wow your question is confusing, basically because there are a few concepts
you are missing. The answer, though, is yes, as long as your friend's disk
There is no Ultimate disk or a Home Premium disk, there is a 32 bit DVD and
a 64 bit DVD. All versions are on each, Home Basic, Premium, Business and
Ultimate. It is the product key that tells the installer what version to
install (VHP, Ultimate, etc.), and what installation paths are available
(upgrade and/or custom install, based on whether it is an upgrade product
key or a full version product key). Your Home Premium product key will work
on both the 32 bit retail DVD and the 64 bit retail DVD.
The only caveats are the friend's disk cannot be OEM, or Volume license. A
retail product key will not work with these.
Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]