can anyone tell me if i need to buy a full new version or upgrade 32/64 bit dvd version as there is a large cost differance
i have a xps1730 running on 32bit ultra
There is no upgrade from 32 to 64 bit. All 64 bit installs much be done clean. So you would need a new disk. You might want to look into an OEM disk. They have a couple of drawbacks, legally but are cheaper.
You will not get any software support with them as You become the OEM( like Dell) but once you change your os on your Dell from the shipped OS you will lose the software support anyways
Also With an OEM disk it can only be installed on one system. You cannot install it on one system and then deinstall and install on another with out going through MS for activation.
i think i will stay put for now or do you think im being over cautious as im new to vista and dont want any greaf
you should be fine on 32 bit even for everyday use and gaming. Switching to 64 does require some homework
You need to mak sure all your system hardware is supported.
It does as drivers are available on the Dell Support site
You need to make sure all your external hardware is supported, ie printers scanners etc
You need to make sure all your Software is supported.
Generally but not always, if the software will run on 32 bit vista then it will run on 64
so just to recap if i want to change from 32 to 64 bit i will need a NEW ! disc and that a 32/64 twin dvd disc new or upgrade set wont do .
i have checked with dell suport and thay have said that the laptop is ok to upgrade to 64bit .thay say that thay sell the 64bit .it costs a lot more from them . my only worry is the lack of support.
thanks for all your help
From your original post, I see you have a xps m1730. Which does support the 64 bit version. You will need a 64 bit dvd to install 64 bit. Now rumor has it that Dell is on the verge of changing their policy of furnishing the dvd to business customers only. There are people coming out of the woodwork wanting to go 64 bit.
there are discussions all over this forum. If you are new to vista, learn it and feel comfortable with it. When dell offers the dvd to us low people on the totem pole, get it. I purchased another hard drive and installed x64 on it so as to not mess up my oem setup. Now my m1530 is not supported by dell and had to acquire drivers on my own. I now have x64 ultimate and cant see going back to 32 bit.
XPS (product red) M1530, A12 bios, Intel C2D T9300, 8 Gb (2x4) G-Skill Ram, 1 Gb Intel TCM, WD 320 7200 rpm hd, Intel 4945 wireless card, Sprint broadband card, bluetooth, x-fi express card, Hp Digital express card tuner, Vista Ultimate x64 sp2