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Windows 7: Would 32 bit softwares work on 64 bit OS?

03 Dec 2009   #1

Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3
 
 
Would 32 bit softwares work on 64 bit OS?

Hello, Id like to know, if 32 bit softwares work on Windows 7 64 bit?

Regards,

Clever_Duck


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03 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Usually, it typically installs into C:\Program Files (x86)\

If it has a 16-bit installer it will not work, MOST 32-bit apps will work, though you may need to fiddle with the compatibility mode settings on the installer and then again on the app itself...
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03 Dec 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.

As mlevy mentioned, most 32bit software applications will run from Windows 7 64bit OS.
The exception being ones with 16bit installers.

If you have any problems try compatibility mode.
This Seven Forums tutorial explains it.

Compatibility Mode

Hope this helps.
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03 Dec 2009   #4

Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3
 
 

How would i know if it has a 16 bit installer?

From the site ... am i correct in thinking ... that i can install any software on a 64 bit windows 7 OS?
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31 Dec 2009   #5

Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3
 
 

Bump?
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31 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Why not just list the Software you want to install and we can tell you if there is problems and possible a fix for it.
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01 Jan 2010   #7

Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3
 
 

Urm ... Nero, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Canon MP600 Drivers, IVT BlueSoleil (bluetooth software), I'm guessing AVG and Office 2007 will work lol.

Sam.
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01 Jan 2010   #8

 
 

Nero - has been updated

Cannon drivers- Are there Vista drivers available? try installing in compatibly mode (otherwise you may be out of luck)

Corel Paint Shop Pro - Don't know. There are other alternatives.

Bluetooth - Any particular features you need from IVT the app? Bluetooth connectivity is already available in Seven.
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01 Jan 2010   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The best way to find out if they will install is to try to install them.

16 bit installers are not common if the software in question is a fairly recent version--in the last 2 or 3 years.

For instance, Photoshop 7 has a 16 bit installer, but it is maybe 5 or 6 years old? Newer versions of Photoshop use 32 bit installers.

Just try to install and see what error messages you get, if any. You may have to use 32 bit if you have an application with a 16 bit installer that you cannot or will not upgrade.
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01 Jan 2010   #10

Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3
 
 

Ah i see

When you say windows 7 has bluetooth capabily already, how do i connect my dongle to it then?

In regards to nero, shal i just install it from the CD i got and then update it?
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