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Windows 7: Why can't 32bit programs connect on my 64bit computer?


01 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Why can't 32bit programs connect on my 64bit computer?

please help me this problem has been driving me crazy for over a year now


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01 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Not quite sure what you mean, but are you saying you're not able to run 32-bit software in a 64-bit environment or that you're not able to install them?

If you're not aware, 32-bit programs will be listed under Program Files (x86) and 64-bit programs will appear under Program Files in Windows Explorer.

You might find this information helpful: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
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01 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

what i am saying is..........32bit programs run ok but they just don't connect to the internet..
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01 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

In that case, are you using Internet Explorer?

If so, you have two choices as Windows 7 64-bit ships with both a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version.

There are issues with Adobe Flash in the 64-bit version which may affect how web pages perform when you're using IE 64-bit.
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01 May 2011   #5

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Is it *all* 32bit programs (like Google Chrome, Firefox, etc), or just 32bit IE?
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01 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Not sure on that one. Check Adobe's support for further information: Flash Player | 64-bit operating systems
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01 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Of course, you could just use IE 32-bit and forget about IE 64-bit.

Failing that, forget about IE and go for Oracle, Safari etc.
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01 May 2011   #8

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

If IE doesn't work, lots of OS components share the base IE components - it's better to fix them because a non-working IE can cause other OS problems down the line. Worry about browser choice later .
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01 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Point taken. I wasn't suggesting you disable IE, just use another browser instead.

To be fair, I think most people use IE because Microsoft have always bundled it with their operating system and users rarely gave their browser choice a thought.

Of course that may well change now that users have to be given a choice of which browser to use from IE8 onwards.
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01 May 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

1. Go to start
2. In search box, type cmd , right click cmd.exe, and then click "Run as administrator"
3. Then type:

netsh winsock reset

4. Press enter
5. Restart PC

Hopefully that will fix it

A Guy
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