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  • I have a number of programs written for 32 bit systems that will not work on my Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) system. I get the message to see the program administrator about the 32 bit vs. 64 bit issue. However, that person is no longer available. They work fine on a 32 bit xp system.

    Thank you for your response.

     

    Sunday, July 11, 2010 12:05 AM

Answers

  • Do these programs come in a standard Windows install package (typically setup.exe)?

    If so, have you tried to install/run the programs in compatibility mode?

     

    • Proposed as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:52 AM
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, July 19, 2010 1:40 AM
    Sunday, July 11, 2010 2:56 PM
  • 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 the 32-bit version of Windows don'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. To learn how to check for drivers, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly or go to the device manufacturer's website. You can also get information about drivers by going to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage.

     

    For more information, please refer to 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

     

    Also, could you please let us know some of the software name which cannot be installed on the 64-bit version of Windows 7? Besides, what is the exact error message occurs?


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, July 19, 2010 1:40 AM
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:53 AM

All replies

  • Do these programs come in a standard Windows install package (typically setup.exe)?

    If so, have you tried to install/run the programs in compatibility mode?

     

    • Proposed as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:52 AM
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, July 19, 2010 1:40 AM
    Sunday, July 11, 2010 2:56 PM
  • 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 the 32-bit version of Windows don'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. To learn how to check for drivers, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly or go to the device manufacturer's website. You can also get information about drivers by going to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage.

     

    For more information, please refer to 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

     

    Also, could you please let us know some of the software name which cannot be installed on the 64-bit version of Windows 7? Besides, what is the exact error message occurs?


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, July 19, 2010 1:40 AM
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:53 AM