3 Websites to Find Software Compatible With 64-Bit Operating Systems

Craig Snyder 31-01-2012

64 bit freewareChances are, those of you who are buying a brand new computer in the next year will be getting your hands on something running a 64-bit operating system. x64 has its pros and cons, but it is the future. Not even the strongest personal complaint about software incompatibility is going to be enough to bring technology to a halt!


Windows has managed to do a pretty good job of putting together the x64 version’s emulation mode (WoW64) and I’ve had no experiences where 32-bit software wouldn’t run as expected. Device drivers though, is a big one. How To Safely & Easily Update Your Video Card Drivers Hunting for device drivers isn't such a task anymore, anyway. Most of your Windows drivers will never need to be touched right out of the box. Your video card is in its own sacred territory... Read More Don’t you dare go putting x86 device drivers on your x64 machine. However, x86 64-bit systems often lack alternative software 5 Sites To Find Free Alternatives To Popular Software Read More to those that are written specifically for 32-bit architectures. So here I am with three solutions that ought to put you on to some brand new, 64-bit compatible freeware goodies.

Just a note before jumping in: All three of these websites are very trustworthy and I have experiences with them all. Feel free to check their WoT ratings if you’d like a third-party opinion. However, I do not personally support downloading software from anywhere but the software’s original website. Too many websites wrap their downloads with garbage, and though these don’t I’d still recommend that you search up and navigate to the author’s site and download the programs from there. Just a safety practice!


64 bit freeware

Start64! is one of the most trusted repositories for updated software compatible with 64-bit systems. Those of you who have been really laying it on me about now posting much about OSX will be pleased as Start64! has a whole section set aside for Apple fans.

The site is very easy to navigate, which is something I’ll always be a fan of. The listings are clear, large, and include a short summary of the software.


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Each and every listing includes live screenshots and an easy-to-read recap of the program’s features. They make it very clear in just about every specific software’s listing that the software is 64-bit compatible and go as far as to list OS compatibilities overall. If you read my warning earlier (which I hope you did) then you don’t have to worry about Start64! because they send you directly to the website the software originates from for downloads instead of making you jump through hoops.

64x Software

64x Software is for both users and developers, so if any 64-bit coders have managed to slip upon this post then there’s a little added bonus for you.

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This website can be a little confusing at first and I’m not crazy over the design and listing layout, but it’ll get the job done. The site is used best when checking their top software listings, or their categorical ones:

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Software display pages are a little bit “meh” but again, gets the job done. Never been a fan of websites that allow open comments and a bleak rating system, but 64x Software does have a vast range of 64-bit compatible software.

X 64-bit Download

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X 64-bit Download has that feel to it and I’d suggest it for the more novice user. My recommended landing pages would be at their featured and top pages (though I’m unsure of the difference). I’ve used both to find some of the better software listed here.

The site has a lot of information per software, and just as many ads. Gets a little annoying, but this is a safe website.

64 bit freeware

They’ve got software separated by category and from my experiences I do believe this is a website that features only Windows software. Sorry guys. Downloads are hosted on their servers so consider my warning earlier. Again, safe site but don’t mind me trying to condition you to be a paranoid downloader!


You can find some of the 64-bit architecture’s best software The Best PC Software for Your Windows Computer Want the best PC software for your Windows computer? Our massive list collects the best and safest programs for all needs. Read More using these websites, but remember that dabbling in the world of 32-bit applications isn’t going to harm your system either. We’ve got a whole lot of articles that can help you find the software you’re looking for.

Leave a comment and let me know some of your favorite 64-bit compatible programs to use!

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  1. Guest
    February 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I have used an x64-bit W7 OS for the past several years and have barely run into any problems.  But thanks for this article!  It does have some great downloads, so will bookmark. 

  2. Anonymous
    January 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

     Nice round-up.  I bookmarked your article and saved it for future reference.

    • Craig Snyder
      February 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm


  3. Kcjjm
    January 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I found this patch useful to run 32 bit software on a 64 bit system and increase the memory usage which is limited in 32 bit provided you have 4gigs of memory.

  4. Brett Shreffler
    January 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Great post! Windows 64bit architecture has provided some much needed throughput and breathed new life into the PC. I will say that upgrading the license to the 64 bit OS was the cheapest part of the upgrade. I soon had new printers, scanners and other devices and applications purchased to fix compatibility issues. But after the smoke cleared and the checking account balance came back up I was very satisfied with my choice to take the step into the 64bit world. Now getting my clients to do so is another story!

    January 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I still have to find a software I need that does not run on x64

  6. Chris Hoffman
    January 31, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Not entirely necessary; you can pretty much just download any program and run it, even if it's 32-bit. You won't really see a performance difference for most programs.

    I suppose this is useful for obsessive-compulsive 64-bit users, though!

  7. Karkala Nayak
    January 31, 2012 at 5:16 am

    A great relief that there are website devoted towards 64bit software...otherwise users of 64bit systems often end up downloading software for 32bit and then realize when the software pops the complaint that its not compatible with the current system, then the user has to struggle back to the 'internet' to lay down the search for the software that is compatible with the 64bit system....Great info..and Good websites..thanks..