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Windows 7: Are there any 32-bit programs that do not run on 64-bit Win 7?


26 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Are there any 32-bit programs that do not run on 64-bit Win 7?

Hi,

I'm currently running 32-bit Windows 7, and I'd like to upgrade to the 64-bit version in order to be able to run After Effects CS5. I know that the 64-bit version runs 32-bit programs too, but is it possible that some programs (not drivers) will (or do not) run?
I mean, is it fully compatible with 32-bit programs?

Thanks in advance.

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26 May 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There are lots of 32 bit apps. that don't run on 64 bit.

Usually they are programs that require drivers - disk management apps. for example - the interesting an useful ones.

Fortunately, many of those now make 64 bit compatible versions. ( with 64 bit drivers )

Depending on your requirements it may not bother you.

That's why so many people dual boot , or run another o/s in a VM - so they can use certain apps. Sometimes that isn't because of the bitness , but because it is won't run properly (or at all ) in 7 , let alone 64 bit.
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26 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

99% of the time, if the 32 bit version won't run, there is a 64 bit version available. Many system utilities are this way. You just need to grab the appropriate version.
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26 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Moving to 64-bit then. Thanks.
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26 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hi yonyz - Most programs designed for the 32-bit version of Windows will work on the 64-bit version of Windows. However, you may have to update drivers for some one your hardware.

If you have a specific question about certain software or hardware being compatible with Windows 7 64-bit, you can consult the Windows 7 Compatibility Center -Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs and Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, and Downloads.

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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27 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks, Cassandra.
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27 May 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Some free 32bit programs are only available for a fee in 64bit - example: Revo Uninstaller. One sidebar gadget that I use a lot (AppLauncher), does not run in 64bit either. I also had problems with Gimp2 in both 32 and 64bit. I am sure there are a lot more but I did not notice any others of my arsenal.
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27 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the info, whs. I was actually using Revo Uninstaller before upgrading to 64-bit, but I decided to stop using due to its slow speed of uninstall (searching for remains and all that).
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27 May 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yonyz View Post
Thanks for the info, whs. I was actually using Revo Uninstaller before upgrading to 64-bit, but I decided to stop using due to its slow speed of uninstall (searching for remains and all that).
Understand, but "searching for the remains" is the whole point for using Revo. Btw: Free Revo runs in 64bit and can uninstall programs from the x86 program files, but not from the x64 program files.
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28 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Is there any alternative to Revo Uninstaller which is free and supports 64-bit programs?

Edit: Oh hey, check this out: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
Today they have Cleanse Uninstaller Pro. I hope it supports 64-bit.
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