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Windows 7: 32 Bit Apps on W7-64?

01 Apr 2010   #1
Milanodan

Windows 7
 
 
32 Bit Apps on W7-64?

Found this sentence in a PC magazine article.

>"This means you can still run 32-bit OSes and applications on a 64-bit processor."<

Well, just about every app I have bought won't run on my fairly new Asus, which came with W7/64 already installed, and something like 750 MB of memory. What is the "secret" to getting older apps. to run?


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02 Apr 2010   #2
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Compatibility mode? I personally haven't had to use it yet on my 7 ultimate x64 install. Asus M2N68-AM SE2 µATX Motherboard with 2 gigs of DDR 2.
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02 Apr 2010   #3
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

I haven't had any problems running 32 bit apps on my Windows 7 64 bit machine. (In fact, IE8 32 bit is recommended over the 64 bit version because the 64 bit version doesn't support Flash.)
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02 Apr 2010   #4
Milanodan

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Compatibility mode? I personally haven't had to use it yet on my 7 ultimate x64 install. Asus M2N68-AM SE2 µATX Motherboard with 2 gigs of DDR 2.
Huh? This is all Greek to me.
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02 Apr 2010   #5
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Milanodan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Compatibility mode? I personally haven't had to use it yet on my 7 ultimate x64 install. Asus M2N68-AM SE2 µATX Motherboard with 2 gigs of DDR 2.
Huh? This is all Greek to me.
He's just saying that on his system he has no problems with x86 apps.
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02 Apr 2010   #6
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Milanodan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Compatibility mode? I personally haven't had to use it yet on my 7 ultimate x64 install. Asus M2N68-AM SE2 µATX Motherboard with 2 gigs of DDR 2.
Huh? This is all Greek to me.
You mentioned you were using an ASUS system in your first post. My system is based on an ASUS motherboard so I mentioned that in my post, that is all.
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02 Apr 2010   #7
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Milanodan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Compatibility mode? I personally haven't had to use it yet on my 7 ultimate x64 install. Asus M2N68-AM SE2 µATX Motherboard with 2 gigs of DDR 2.
Huh? This is all Greek to me.
You mentioned you were using an ASUS system in your first post. My system is based on an ASUS motherboard so I mentioned that in my post, that is all.
Seeing all the ?s in his specs shows that we need to avoid tech terms as much as possible when helping him.
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02 Apr 2010   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try this tutorial: Compatibility Mode
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02 Apr 2010   #9
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I noticed that too, I didn't look until after my last post. Milanodan do you know if your processor is 32 bit or 64 bit? If 64 bit do you know if you are running the x64 version of windows 7? To find out hold your windows key down and press the Pause/Break key. That should bring up the "system" page listing your processor and system type.
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02 Apr 2010   #10
Milanodan

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the help so far. I am simply unable to keep pace with all this new computer stuff, but fortunately for me the automatic settings usually work.

Just before the first Pentium chips were made, I actually got sent over to the still-being-constructed Fab 11 and 12 plants in Chandler, AZ. I was employed for 26 years by the local power company, which runs the biggest nuke power plant in the US. My job was metallurgical failure analysis/corrosion problem solving, and there was a short period of time when a few of us engineers were being sent out to solve other, non-company problems. The power co. didn't want to make a profit from our work, and only charged our overhead/salary costs to the customers.

We received a MAYDAY/SOS call from the company building the Fab plants--they had also done work out at the nuke. Seems they were conducting a walk-through of the buildings with the "chip-maker" bosses, and discovered many water leaks at welds in their good-size stainless steel cooling water pipes.

I got sent over to find out what was going on. Had them cut out some pipe samples and took them to a local met. lab. we used. I also had them X-ray every weld in all that pipe, and there was a huge amount of it. I soon had the answer (which I probably shouldn't get into here), and gave them a formal presentation on what happened and a relatively easy way to fix it.

So there I was on the official day the plant opened, and all they gave me was an opening day coffee mug! But the best part was that I had a badge from them, and their cafeteria was FAR better than the one at the nuke. For years after that, every time I was in the area at lunch time I'd zip in there and buy a great lunch.

Anyway, the Windows check says the model is an Asus CG 5270, Rating 3.6, Processor is an Intel 2Quad Q8300 @ 2.5 GHz, 8 GB memory, and the system is 64 bit.

I run the latest Firefox--no problems. But I have some old mapping apps, Photoshop (light edition) etc., and when I try to install them I get a message telling me to ask the manufacturer for a 64 bit version.
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