replace Vista with win8

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  1. nichosi

    nichosi Active Member

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    Hi,

    I have a Compac laptop with 2core processor & runs Vista.

    I have a full win 8 64bit cd I used to install 8 on my PC.

    All of a sudden, in Vista, IE will not connect to my BBand, it gives a blank screen.

    Managed to install Firefox now.

    Can I upgrate the laptop from vista to win8?

    I think the laptop is 32bit.

    If not, do you think MS will let me have free win 8 32bit, on account that I bought a full win8?
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    RE : Can I upgrate the laptop from vista to win8?
    You need to run the Win 8 Upgrade Assistant
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-8/upgrade-assistant-download-online-faq
    Excerpt : If you're running Windows XP or Windows Vista, tap or click Download Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8.

    RE : I think the laptop is 32bit.
    If not, do you think MS will let me have free win 8 32bit, on account that I bought a full win8?
    Answer : no.
    Example.......
    I have 2 laptops. 1 runs Win 7 64-bit, and 1 ran Vista 32-bit.
    I bought a Win 8 Pro upgrade software which consists of a 32-bit disc and a 64-bit disc, but only one product key.
    I used it to install Win 8 Pro 32-bit to my Vista laptop.
    Now my Win8 Pro 64-bit disc is useless because I don't have a valid product key for it.
     
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    Thanx David,

    It seems that with 32 & 64 incompatibility is pointless doing anything. .....nick
     
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    Thanx,
    understood that but, will my w8 pro 64 cd install w8 on my 32bit laptop?
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    No, you cannot because you do not have a valid win 8 product key.
    The Win 8 product key you have is already in use in your PC.
     
  7. ussnorway

    ussnorway Windows Forum Team
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    Um, a purchased key is different to a msdn key… he can uninstall the windows 8 from his pc and legally use it on the laptop instead but that assumes the laptop meets the physical system requirements which (to be blunt) is doubtful.

    Op; your Vista's ie is out dated and more places will block you as time goes on.

    I suggest switching to a Linux build for that laptop because that;

    1. Is free,

    2. Fully legal,

    3. And will keep your bank happy.

    I suggest mint for a system with windows FEEL about it but Ubuntu also has terrific support… try them both and then decide.
     
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  8. nichosi

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    Thanx,

    I did use both in the past but, after Win. I found it unyielding & unfortunately my wife can not manage it at all.

    Any way of reinstalling IE, perhaps another version? ............nick
     
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    ussnorway Windows Forum Team
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    No not one that would run well on an old Vista lappy... IMO Sounds like time to get a new laptop.
     
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    Thanx, perish the thought !
     

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