1. Post #1
    Tezza1234's Avatar
    September 2005
    1,115 Posts
    Can you use a Vista home premium 64Bit Key to install and activate Vista Home Premium 32Bit?

    My laptop came with 64Bit Vista, However I can't use 64-bit for various reasons, as much as I'd like to use my 4GB of RAM, application compatibility is MUCH more important.

    The Sticker just says "Windows vista Home Premium OEMact" and then a product key, nop mention of 32/64bit.

    HAs anyone tried this, If I can avoid a pointless reformat I'd love to.

    I don't get the free Windows 7 upgrade till later.

  2. Post #2
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    Van-man's Avatar
    August 2009
    15,159 Posts
    What programs you have doesn't support 64Bit??

    Also, i upgraded from windows vista home premium 32Bit to 64Bit, and i just used the same cd key, and it worked flawlessly.

  3. Post #3
    Tezza1234's Avatar
    September 2005
    1,115 Posts
    Firewire audio interface is unstable in 64-bit, and the cubase that came with it has major issues with crashing. (Possibly by extension of the audio drivers crashing)
    I never seem to get these issues in 32bit windows, and I need this computer to be stable as a rock so I have no choice but to "downgrade".

    I suppose if it worked that way round for you should work the other way I suppose.

  4. Post #4
    LooperNor's Avatar
    September 2007
    550 Posts
    Something doesn't work!! BLAME 64-BIT NOW!!

    No seriously, I doubt the key will work.
    And I don't think 64-bit is your problem either.
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  5. Post #5
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    birkett's Avatar
    July 2005
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    Something doesn't work!! BLAME 64-BIT NOW!!

    No seriously, I doubt the key will work.
    And I don't think 64-bit is your problem either.
    Vista keys are transparent to 32 and 64 copies. Itl work with either.
    And the problem is most likley because of crappy 64bit drivers.
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  6. Post #6
    Tezza1234's Avatar
    September 2005
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    And the problem is most likley because of crappy 64bit drivers.
    Oh. I'm not blaming the OS, Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to use 64-Bit if only so I could use more RAM. But If the manufacturures can't give me stable 64-bit drivers I have no choice than to use 32bit.
    (Not only that, But the driver signing crap is restrictive, YES I know how to get around it, but I;d rather not have to...)

    Thanks for the Info, I'm sourcing a disk and gonna get this thing sorted :)

    Actually come to think of it, If I dual boot 32 And 64 Bit vista (I only need 32bit to do Audio stuff! but I do benefit from 4GB of RAM in 64-bit for gaming) Would both activate? (I believe because IT's a Dell it does teh hardware activation method?)

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    September 2008
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    -snip I'm dumb-

  8. Post #8
    Plastical's Avatar
    August 2009
    583 Posts
    It works, I tried it myself before, went from 32-bit to 64-bit with the same Dell OEM key.

    Edited:

    I didn't even need the original Dell disk, you could just install a retail copy of the Windows Edition your key is tied to, It will still activate.
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