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Windows 7: 32 bit drivers on Windows 7 64 bit

09 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64
32 bit drivers on Windows 7 64 bit

is it okay to have 32 bit drivers on windows 7 64 bit? sorry, newbie here.
and btw what are the cons of running 32 bit applications on 64 bit?

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09 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

No. 32bit drivers are restricted to user mode only...or in otherwords. 32bit drivers do not function on 64bit.
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09 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 home premium x64

There are only a very few 32 bit apps that have problems with the 64 bit OS.
Mostly they work just they would in a 32 bit OS.
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09 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64

oh i see, because after reformatting then clean installing win 7 x64 and used my laptop's driver installer I noticed in the processes list that there are programs running with *32 at the end of the name.
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09 Feb 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP


Many programs install in 32 bit on a 64 bit OS - you'll find them in the 32 bit Programs folder.

This is not the same as drivers, which are bit-version specific. Look on the computer or Device's Support Downloads webpage for the driver bit-version you need. If it's not listed, you may still find it via Google.
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