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Windows 7: How to install 32 bit program??


03 Jan 2011   #1

 
How to install 32 bit program??

I am trying to download a program that will only work in 32 bit mode. It seems to me that some programs give you the option of either running in 32 or 64 bit but this program doesn't. The program has a *.msi extention. Don't know if that means anything ??


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03 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I may be wrong, but I thought .msi files had to be specific to the OS platform type.
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03 Jan 2011   #3

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Do you mean you are trying to install a32bit program on a 64bit OS? the .msi extention is the microsoft installer package
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03 Jan 2011   #4
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It should install in the x86 program files without problems. What are yor problems once you got past the installer?
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03 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roehrle View Post
I am trying to download a program that will only work in 32 bit mode. It seems to me that some programs give you the option of either running in 32 or 64 bit but this program doesn't. The program has a *.msi extention. Don't know if that means anything ??
You don't do anything special for 32-bit programs. They install just fine on a 64-bit OS.
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04 Jan 2011   #6

 

Just got finished talking with the Tech at the bank that handles the program that I'm trying to run. He told me that the program currently isn't set-up to run on a 64 bit OS, or a Mac system. The program would have allowed me to deposit checks over the Internet which would have been very helpful and saved me money on stamps. He also said the program will probably be ready in a couple of months to run 64 bits
Thanks for all the help I received on this forum.
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04 Jan 2011   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

I'm not sure the tech you talked to knows what he is talking about. The OS handles both 32-bit and 64-bit programs transparently. When you install a 64-bit application, it is installed into Program Files, 32-bit apps are installed into Program Files (x86). I've never had to do anything special to install 32 or 64 bit apps on my 64-bit system.
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04 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

The problem you get is when trying to run a 64-bit application on a 32-bit Computer I wouldn't worry - you could try but I would wait for the 64-Bit application to be released

Hope This Helps,
Josh
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04 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If the app isn't x64 compatible, then the.msi file won't run. I've already come across software in the .msi format that will not run or install on an x64 system. Just because the OS can handle x86 or x64 software, doesn't mean the app in question is compatible. If it isn't compatible...it isn't going to work, simple as that. Are they behind the times? Absolutely, but it happens.
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