Running a games programme which is in 32 bit format on my 64 bit Windows 7 operating system RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a new version of The Times Bridge game by GSP for PC. I have asked them this question but they have had the decency to respond.

    This will not run on my computer which has 64 bit Windows 7 operating system

    The games programme is in 32 bit format.

    Can anyone offer advice on whether or not this can be done? 

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:46 PM


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  • Can I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit computer?

    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 theWindows Vista Compatibility Center.

    Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions#

    TLDR: It should work just fine

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 4:11 PM
  • Hi,

    In general most 32-bit applications will work just fine in a 64-biit operating system, but there are some exceptions.  You also need to consider hardware compatibility with a 64-bit operating system.  One easy way to check if your hardware and applications will work would be to check the Windows 7 compatibility center:


    If it cannot work for 64bit,
    please understand that whether an application can work on a 32bit or 64bit OS is based on how it is developed. We cannot control it from the OS configuration side.

    For more information about 64 bit Windows, please visit:


    Understanding hardware and software for 64-bit Windows


    Taking the mystery out of 64-bit Windows


    Hope this helps.

    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, November 2, 2012 5:38 AM
  • I have the same problem.
    I have a game that runs fine in Windows 7 on my 32 bit computer, but will not run on the 64 bit computer (also with Windows 7 but in 64 bit). I know the game is not compatible with the 64 bit system because the error message says so. But why should this be a problem? I have DOSbox, which lets me run DOS games on the 64 bit Windows computer. It does this by creating a virtual environment that simulates DOS. Is there an EMULATOR or some similar sandbox type program that will let me run the 32 bit programs on the 64 bit computer?
    Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:25 AM