Vista installation disks are either 32 bit or 64 bit since a single DVD
disk does not have the capacity to hold both versions.
The retail installation disks contain all versions of Vista and the key
determines which version Home, Home premium, Basic, or Ultimate gets
Anytime upgrade provides the ability to purchase an upgrade key for the
version you have. For example if you purchased a retail Vista 32 bit basic
disk and want to upgrade that installation to Ultimate you can use anytime
upgrade to upgrade your installation to Vista 32 bit ultimate.
Separately you can order from MS the Vista 64 bit installation disk and use
it to install Vista 64 bit basic instead of 32 bit Vista basic using your
original product key for about 10$
If you purchased a retail Vista Ultimate both the 32 bit and the 64 bit
installation disks come in the package with a single product key. The other
versions come with only the 32 bit installation disk.
if you have a system that came preinstalled with Vista 32 bit you can
not purchase the 64 bit installation disk from MS for $10
"Ricky" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> the link is somewhere in microsoft VISTA upgrade links, just keep looking
> there at microsoft.......I found it......Had to pay 9.95 for the 64 bit
> version DVD they delivered by mail.It took about 7 days to get it after I
> ordered it.
> Bulbs wrote:
>> Ntelguy;222245 Wrote:
>>> I've been researching this and have found alot of convoluted answers
>>> none that really answers the question.
>>> I have an OEM Vista Home Premium DVD. The disk says it includes
>>> upgrade but it also says it only contains 32 bit software. If I want
>>> upgrade (By upgrade I mean clean install to 64 bit but using anytime
>>> to do it) do I need to purchase the 64 bit anytime upgrade disk which
>>> microsft provides for the cost of shipping or can it be done from my
>>> installation disk. The anytime upgrade disk purchase site says:
>>> Anytime Upgrade discs are available in 32 and 64-bit.
>>> Note: Your upgrade disc must match the current system type of the
>>> you want to upgrade. 32-bit upgrades are only valid for 32-bit systems
>>> 64-bit upgrades are only valid for 64-bit systems. "
>>> But if you want to "Anytime Upgrade" to 64 bit from 32 bit and your OEM
>>> says it only has 32 bit software on it, do you need to purchase this 64
>>> upgrade disk ... or is it not even possible to "Anytime Upgrade" OEM 32
>>> Software to 64 bit and does it require the purchase of the full
>>> software. Everything I've read about "Anytime Upgrade" makes it seem
>>> that it
>>> should be possible (with a clean install) but its the fact that my
>>> installation disk says it only has 32 bit software on it that is
>>> me. I've also read that all installation disks are the same and
>>> contain all
>>> the versions of windows 64 and 32 but if this is true why does my disk
>>> say it
>>> only has the 32 bit software on it.
>> I have the same question. I spent half my day trying to come up with an
>> answer and only come up with: CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER OF YOUR PC THAT
>> CAME WITH VISTA PREINSTALLED. I went to the eMachines web site and did
>> not find any information regarding the free upgrade from 32 bit to 64
>> bit Vista. If anyone out there knows the answer please advise.
>> thank you