Originally Posted by dr/owned
You have to have a legally purchased copy of 64-bit to install it since 32-bit and 64-bit Vista are completely different installations (not an upgrade or anything like that) ... each requires a XX-bit installation disc and a XX-bit key.
True to an extent.
He has Vista 32bit installed on the laptop, therefore he has a 32bit key. Microsoft gives both the 64bit and 32bit versions for free as long as you have one of the keys. The keys for 64bit and 32bit are different. To request a 64bit cd to be sent to you, you need to fill this out:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx
It's free but shipping is I think about $10. They will send you a DVD with 64bit Vista on it. You'll install it but I've heard you need to call them to get yourself a key because like I said the 32bit and 64bit keys are different. Thy person over the phone will ask for your 32bit key and they'll give you a new key for the 64bit.
I've been planning on doing this for a while. Just haven't gotten around to it. Want to throw 64bit with 4gb of ram on mine.
But like mentioned previously, your processor has to be 64bit to be able to use 64bit OS. What type of processor does it have?