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Windows 7: 64 bit computer shipped with 32 bit Office


29 Jun 2011   #1

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
64 bit computer shipped with 32 bit Office

Hi, I recently built a DELL 8300 XPS 64 bit computer on line and purchased it. I had Microsoft Office Business included. Yesterday I got the Office SP1 update via Windows Update, and the 32 bit version was downloaded. Upon checking, I see they installed the 32 bit version of Office rather than the 64 bit version. Why would they do that? Am I at a disadvantage? Thanks for any response.

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29 Jun 2011   #2

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The main reason is app compatibility, which is why 32-bit Office 2010 is recommended even on 64-bit Windows. There are very few if any 64-bit add-ins for Office. For a more thorough discussion on the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Office, please take a look at these docs:
per Office forums A and Q
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29 Jun 2011   #3

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The main reason is app compatibility, which is why 32-bit Office 2010 is recommended even on 64-bit Windows. There are very few if any 64-bit add-ins for Office. For a more thorough discussion on the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Office, please take a look at these docs:
per Office forums A and Q
OK so that's it eh? I had checked a little further and found a page with a choice of downloading 32x or 64x. The 32x download is 350 something MB, and the 64x is 500MB. Thanks for the info!
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29 Jun 2011   #4

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Glad to be of help
I have office and use 32, myself. Never really had concern about the reason
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29 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You want to use office 32 bit. That's all that I would use for compatibility purposes, and it's what Microsoft actually suggests that people run.
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29 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Agreed.
64bit Office is buggy with its compatibility with anything.
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29 Jun 2011   #7

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Seems like there is a lot of confirmation on the reason, thats a good thing.
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30 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

The 64 bit version of Excel doesn't suffer from the limited number of cells available in the 32 bit version.

I've needed that feature exactly once, so far.
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