Is there any way to run 32-bit only software in 64-bit windows?

Osama Javaid March 29, 2012

I want to install 64-bit windows but there is some software which I regularly use that is only 32-bit only software. There are no alternatives either. What should I do? Is there anyway I can run these in 64-bit windows?

  1. Ahsan
    September 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    i have Earth work programme
    it cant run in 64 bit
    help me in this case

    • George Hilbert
      October 29, 2012 at 1:43 am

      If Earth work is an old program and has any 16-bit code in it, it won't run in a 64-bit environment.

  2. Brian Kyle
    September 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    32 bit software will run in "WOW6432Node"

  3. Indronil Mondal
    March 30, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Most programs designed for the 32-bit version of Windows will work on the 64-bit version of Windows. Notable exceptions are many antivirus programs.
    Device drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows won't work on computers running a 64-bit version of Windows.
    If you're trying to install a printer or other device that only has
    32-bit drivers available, it won't work correctly on a 64-bit version of
    Windows. If you are unsure whether there is a 64-bit driver available for your device, go online to the Windows Compatibility Center.
    Rest all works fine

    March 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hello, you can run pretty much everything in windows 7 x64.  Have your heard about the term "wow"?  It means windows in windows, it is a sort of virtual machine that lets 32 bits run on 64.  So far,  I personally have not found a x86 software that will not run in windows 7 64. 

  5. ha14
    March 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

    if the 32bit software is not supported by windows 64 then install can fail.
    32bit programs will install in "c:program files (x86)" automatically
    64bit programs will install in "c:program files"  

    Right click on the program's shortcut or .EXE file, file, and click on Troubleshoot compatibility. follow recomendation

  6. Strydr Denis
    March 29, 2012 at 3:50 am

     I run Windows 7 64bit and have never experienced any problem running 32bit software. You can't do the opposite though. Run 64bit programs on a 32bit operating system.

  7. Matt.Smith
    March 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

    If you're running Windows Vista/7 64-bit, you shouldn't have trouble with most 32-bit software. It will run fine even if a native 64-bit version is not available.

    • Osama
      March 29, 2012 at 3:57 am

       any example? have you tried it youself?

      • Susendeep Dutta
        March 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

         Good examples are browsers like Firefox,Google chrome which you can try it without much hassle.

        • Matt.Smith
          March 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

          Right - most software is 32-bit. If there's not a 64-bit version available then it's safe to assume 32-bit is all.

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