Install 32-bit applications on Win7 64-bit?

September 23, 2010 at 04:04:47
Specs: Windows 7
i want to install some 32 bit application on my laptop but window 7 on 64 bit not allow to install 32 bit application how can i install 32 bit aplication please guide me

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September 23, 2010 at 04:29:43
That's not true, 64bit os allow 32bit apps. 32bit os doesn't allow 64bit apps.

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September 23, 2010 at 07:45:09
Windows 7 will automatically pick out the 32bit from the 64bit programs and run them correctly. The 64bit CPUs are backwards compatible like that. Have you tried installing it yet? What error is it giving you that leads you to believe it wont install?

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September 23, 2010 at 14:52:45
Some programs may be called 32 bit and may be indeed when running. Some installers may not be 32 bit however. If it complains then you can't run them without some other means.

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September 23, 2010 at 15:03:30
Quoted from the Mother of all Windows:


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.


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May 20, 2011 at 18:52:39
Why does no one ever answer the question that was asked?? I too need to know how to install a 32-bit program that gives an error message "The program or feature [installer file location] cannot start or run due to an incompatibility with 64-bit versions of Windows. Please contact the software vendor to ask if a 64-bit Windows compatible version is available."

No one in any forum or even in Windows support seems able to respond to this, that I've found so far. I'm clearly getting frustrated with people answering the wrong question, not the question that was asked. The 32-bit WON'T INSTALL.

And there's no forthcoming 64-bit version of the software any time soon, so the question is, once again, how can we install a 32-bit program in 64-bit Win7?

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May 20, 2011 at 21:21:05
I am running Windows 7 64bit and more than half of the programs I have on my systems are 32bit programs. YES, 32bit programs DO work on 64bit Windows 7. The problem you are probably having is that MANY of the OLDER 32bit programs (especially those from Windows 95 era and before) came with 16bit installers for the 32bit programs. THESE 16bit installer are the main problem here, not 32bit programs in general.
With programs like these, it is generally better to replace them with newer versions of the same or similar programs, but when that is not possible, or too expensive, you have two options. First try right clicking on the installer and selecting properties, and then the compatibility tab, then select "Windows 95 or 98" from the drop down, and then try again to install it. If this fails, you still have the option of installing a virtual machine and installing an old copy of Windows 98 or XP within the virtual machine, and then installing the program(s) in there. (Google for the info, of begin your own post and include the names and age of these programs you are having trouble with)

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