Originally Posted by JaxMacFL
Thanks so much for taking the time to share you experience and expertise.
If interested in 64 bit processing (even if not), don't you think it is awfully confusing ??
I see retail versions, OEM version, the ANYTime upgrade, academic versions. DVDs and CDs. Then again, some retail versions can be downloaded ??
Thanks for the link, but I have looked at that screen so many times, I am thinking of tattooing it inside of my eyelid.
I do find the Compare Editions piece incomplete and somewhat confusing. For example, it doesn't mention the difference in the potential RAM limitations.
Maybe to make it easy for myself, I should just install DOS 6.2
or something like that.
Okay I will try to get this down to a few questions.
- I can get the Academic versions, since I am going to school part time. I know that while the retail box says academic, there is virtually no difference in functionality. I believe that the Academic versions are all upgrades ?? I wonder if I can get a DVD upgrade and not send out for the additional media ??
- Okay, I just found out that here is a retail version of Vista Ultimate Upgrade selling at Amazon.com.
Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate UPGRADE [DVD]: Software: Windows Cost is $227, PLUS, if I order this from Amazon.Com. The purchase also has a promotion from Amazon where I will receive $75 store credit from Amazon.com !! Heck, I order groceries from amazon.com.
On this version, I receive the DVD. It will have a license number. Is there any reason why I cannot install the 64 bit version immediately ? Everything is contained on that DVD (Upgrade or not Upgrade).
I do have a legal copy of XP Home and I know the little "trick" that Microsoft put in, where I can do a fresh install with a Update disk. It will ask me for the version I am wanting to install. What I don't know is if I can install Ultimate 64 bit immediately ?? I know the "trick" isn't any trick unless I have a valid registration Number for the Vista Version I am installing.
I am thinking that since I get free second day shipping, free expedited shipping and pay no tax and a $75.00 store credit (don't have to send away, like a rebate, which I have never done and will never do), this turns out to be about the best value for the dollar ??
My biggest fear is getting Vista, then hearing that Ooops, you got the 32 bit version, sorry, you have to purchase another upgrade for the 64 bit version. I don't think that can occur if I purchase that Ultimate retail upgrade ????? Correct
Thanks so much.
I haven't seen that $75 amazon.com credit before, I wonder if it is new. I wonder how many people know about that. I saw that if I purchase a version of Vista locally, I would have to pay about an additional $17.00 in local taxes.Truthfully, I never minded paying taxes as much as I do currently. (Ooops, better leave politics out of this
I will go now and keep download upgraded drivers for the 64 bit Os.