Anytime Upgrade and Vista Ultimate



I'd like to order a laptop which comes with 32-bit Vista Business. I would
then like to upgrade to Vista Ultimate. As I understand it, this should be
possible; and that the only upgrade path is to the 32-bit Vista Ultimate.

However, as this is a new laptop, I'd like to give x64 a swing, if it
doesn't work, I'd just go back to 32-bit (a little googling reveals that the
t60p does work fine with vista x64; however, I'm more worried about software

My question is, if I use Anytime Upgrade to upgrade from a 32-bit OEM Vista
Business to a 32-bit Vista Ultimate, does the license allow me to also
install an x64 Vista ultimate? If so, where can I download the DVD for x64
vista ultimate? Or do I need to buy a full Vista Ultimate version (which
comes with both 32- and 64-bit dvds).




As I understand it there is NO upgrade path from 32 bit any OS to 64 bit
If you wish to install 64 bit Ultimate it would have to be a NEW
install....format and all.
I have used BETA ,RC1 ans RC2 version of both 32 and 64 bit Versions and
They would not upgrade...a new install was required............and the Final
Release is the same.


I know it's not an upgrade - it's a new install.

The question really is regarding licensing: if I have a 32-bit Business,
upgrade to 32-bit Ultimate, can I also (new install) 64-bit ultimate? Or do
I have to buy a full version of 64-bit ultimate?

As I understand it, a vista license is a vista license, regardless of the
chip architecture - I wanted to confirm. However, where do I get the
installation material, if I have the appropriate license?


- vijay

Richard G. Harper

The license that comes with the software you bought allows you to install
either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version, not both. You need a
second license if you intend to use both versions simultaneously.

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