The disc is only a disc, that's not the issue. The issue is the product key
for the 64-bit version which is dead alongside the dead computer. The disc
can almost certainly be used to install the 64-bit version of Vista on his
new computer using the product key that will ship with the new computer.
"BrianB" <brian@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have a friend that just bought a new PC from Dell that had Vista Premium
> x64 on it. The motherboard promptly died on it and Dell is sending out a
> replacement PC. For various reasons including a supposedly incompatible TV
> tuner card, Dell swapped Vista x64 for x32 and told my friend that he
> could keep the original Dell Vista Premium x64 disk. They also told him
> that the x64 disk could be used in the future to do a full install of x64
> on the new(er) PC should he choose to do so. To me this seems to violate
> the OEM rule of once on a PC it's locked to that PC. He shouldn't use it
> on the new PC. Comments?