so i got a little ahead of myself only having the 32 bit version of the release candidate handy when it came time to ensure sam is running something other than the beta (i already asked my parents if they could wait a little bit – they were running a vhd of windows 7 on their desktop computer).  the upgrade from windows vista basic was really easy (had to uninstall windows live one care, but the upgrade advisor reminded me of this) and lit up all the features missing from running windows vista basic (not having the aero interface was about the only noticeable difference for my 11 year old).  not certain at this point if i’ll get around to upgrading the 64 bit install before we rtm the product at this point!