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Windows 7: 32 bit updates on a 64 bit system

24 Sep 2013   #1
owsley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
32 bit updates on a 64 bit system

I am running Win 7 ultimate 64 bit. An Indian tech for "System Mechanic" told me I should not install any updates for 32 bit systems. I have installed a lot of them because they show up in my windows update. Is that correct ? and if so can I just go through the installed update list and delete them?


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24 Sep 2013   #2
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

I am confused here, you should always install all updates from windows update, (except optional, they are not required)
I would not trust a tech "from system mechanic"
System mechanic is a known bloatware application. I would uninstall it.
That software is unnecessary as windows 7 can handle itself. 3rd party cleaning programs are not absolutely needed.
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24 Sep 2013   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Not installing updates from Microsoft, the creator of the OS, on the advice of some tech? Sorry, but that makes no sense.
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28 Sep 2013   #4
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

System Mechanic is mostly crapware - and should be avoided.
Specifically, do NOT run the registry 'cleaner' as it tends to break systems rather than fix them.
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28 Sep 2013   #5
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

You should definitely install 32-bit updates on a 64-bit system. The reason being that not all components of a 64-bit system are 64-bit, especially 3rd party applications you may have installed. If you don't install the 32-bit updates you may be leaving your system vulnerable and less secure due to those updates not getting applied.
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28 Sep 2013   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

A 64 bit OS does not have an inherent capability to run 32 bit applications. It must be specifically designed in. That includes the provision of a full set of 32 bit system DLLs and more. In other words a 64 bit OS also includes a substantial portion of a 32 bit OS. Just like a 32 bit OS this must be kept up to date or the security of your computer will be at risk.
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