So, I bought a box of Vista Ultimate that clearly was marked as 32 bit/64 bit. I was happy for it since I really wanted to go 64 bit. When I tried to select this when upgrading from Home Premium, it told me I couldn’t. I had to use 32 bit Ultimate.
Well, today, I was hoping I could look into moving from 32-bit Ultimate to 64-bit Ultimate – because I want to run 4 gigs. I spent around $200 to buy this upgrade…
After some research I found this Microsoft support page http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932795/en-us
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.
Purchase a full version of the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
Remove the 32-bit version of Windows Vista.
Install Windows XP.
Install the 64-bit version of Windows Vista by using an installation method that is listed earlier in this article.
So, let me get this right : If I want to go from 32-bit Ultimate to 64-bit Ultimate I have to go spend another $200 and purchase a full version (which the box I bought never said this) or I can remove 32-bit Ultimate, install Windows XP, then upgrade.
Oh my goodness… is that about the stupidest the thing I’ve seen yet. Wow. So, Microsoft can upgrade XP to 64-bit Vista, but not 32-bit to 64-bit Vista.
I should start an official countdown on when I will fire Vista as my OS. Keep in mind, I am only running it since it came with my laptop…