Product key OEM Windows Vista Business on Precision 490

Just bought a Dell Precision 490. It comes with 32-bit Windows 7 HP... The product key for Windows 7 is on the case. With this key, there is a Microsoft Windows Vista Business OEM key. My first question is how do I know if it is a key of 32 or 64-bit of Windows Vista? Or can be used for either (it does not specify the key). My second question is how properly to reinstall Windows Vista. I noticed there are a lot of different people who sell different restart/reinstall/repair disk. Thank you.

Windows OEM product keys can be used to install either 32-bit or 64-bit.

You can ask Dell support (if in the United States, and after a "transfer of property") or use a disc from another system that corresponds to the version of that license is for (Home, Ultimate, etc.):

support.Dell.com/.../backupcd_form

You can use Retail media, then activate by phone from Microsoft (not Dell) using your product key:

en.Community.Dell.com/.../3317.2-3-Microsoft-Windows-Vista-Official-ISO-Download-Links-Digital-River.aspx

Just boot on the Windows DVD, delete all partitions that are shown to you, then call install... you will have to install drivers after Windows is installed, but you can ask that once Windows is on.

You must also determine if you have a RAID controller that requires special drivers during installation.  The 490 could use a PERC or SAS RAID 5 card.  You can check the box to see where the disks are wired to and/or check during POST to see if you have a CTRL-C or a prompt CTRL-R, while the loading devices.

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