My friend just got a new PC, and it came with a 64-bit Athlon CPU and a 32-but copy of Vista. He didn’t realize this until to day when he was looking at all his specs to see if he could play Bioshock. I thought I had read somewhere that sometimes Vista comes with both the 32 AND 64-bit versions when you buy it, but I also seem to remember that’s the retail version, and since his is a pre-built HP system pre-loaded with Vista, he would have OEM discs.
So, first up, can he get a 64-bit upgrade for free or at least just for cheap? How easy would it be? Would he lose any data and programs he’s installed since having it?
Secondly, did HP/Comp USA (where he bought it from) mislead/pull a fast one on him by giving him an OS that can’t really take full advantage of his system? It would be like a Porchse engine in a Honda. Yeah, power out the ass…but you can’t use it all, so what’s the point?