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  • We service systems. Dell's Hp's Ibm's all makes all models.

    Sometimes we have to reload an os.

    Always before a reload we check for a COA.

    Also just about always the client doesn't have there disks.

     

    So here is the rub.

    If the computer's drive is dead, how do you tell which version of windows they are using.

    I.E. sticker says Windows xp or vista or 7 but which version i.e. 32 or 64 bit?

    Is ther a way to tell from the COA.

    What we do is 50 50.

    Try one, if it won't license try the other.

     

    But there has to be a better way?

     

    So what is it?

     

    Thanks

     

    Michael

    Saturday, April 16, 2011 6:18 PM

Answers

  • We service systems. Dell's Hp's Ibm's all makes all models.

    Sometimes we have to reload an os.

    Always before a reload we check for a COA.

    Also just about always the client doesn't have there disks.

     

    So here is the rub.

    If the computer's drive is dead, how do you tell which version of windows they are using.

    I.E. sticker says Windows xp or vista or 7 but which version i.e. 32 or 64 bit?

    Is ther a way to tell from the COA.

    What we do is 50 50.

    Try one, if it won't license try the other.

     

    But there has to be a better way?

     

    So what is it?

     

    Thanks

     

    Michael


    My preference would be to check the manufacturer's specs - they usually state the bitness of the OS somewhere.
     
    This question would probably be better asked in the TechNet forums - where there are many IT-types hanging around (most of us here are end-users or one-man-bands).
    Try the Vista ITPro forum here....

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    Saturday, April 16, 2011 6:35 PM
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