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Topic # 12037 24-Feb-2007 00:48
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How come new computers that can run the 64 bit version of Vista are shipped with the 32 bit version? Seems like a waste of hardware.

The reason why I'm asking is because I'm planning to buy a new PC, but I really would like to get it with a 64 bit version of Vista (Premium).





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  Reply # 61818 24-Feb-2007 01:19
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There are quite a few reasons; drivers being the biggest one. I'm not sure about OEM but with the retail version you can request the 64bit DVD from the MSFT website. Will cost about $20 incl shipping.


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  Reply # 61834 24-Feb-2007 14:43
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not with OEM. OEM is pretty much fix one OS to a hardware (in this case, the motherboard, usually).

As Brad mentioned, majorly driver issues, certain softwares.




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  Reply # 61840 24-Feb-2007 15:12
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Windows Vista x64 is available from OEM channels, but it isn't the default version that most OEMs ship (yet)

So you need to ask for it if you want it



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  Reply # 61865 24-Feb-2007 20:41
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Wow.

http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/software/0,39044164,61991443,00.htm

So if I get the Ultimate OEM version of Vista with a new system will they ship both OEM versions?





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  Reply # 61868 24-Feb-2007 21:10
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Only Ultimate retail comes with 32 and 64 bit DVDs. But I'm sure you can request the 64 bit DVD for OEM as well.

There is a link in a thread I created a while back on Vista. Check the windows forum for it. Should tell you on that page it links to whether OEM is included in the alternate media thing.

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