Solved Adobe Flash 32 bit?

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January 18, 2014 at 18:39:50
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
I have Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit. I received a pop up which said there is an update available for Flash. I went into system requirements and I saw Vista 32 bit as one of the OSs; 64 bit is not listed. I've always downloaded updates to Flash in the past but lately it looks like Adobe has revamped the download process. I used to get just a dialog box and then download the update; now it takes you to their website. Anyway, is it OK to download a 32 bit Flash to 64 bit Vista? Maybe I've always been downloading 32 bit; it never occured to me to check because of the way the download used to work. Thanks.

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January 19, 2014 at 00:22:45
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Flash Player is for your web browser, so, yes, you still need the 32-bit version because your web browser is 32-bit, even on 64-bit Windows.

You only need Flash Player 64-bit if you want to use the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer which is included with 64-bit Windows. But the default Internet Explorer is 32-bit.

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January 21, 2014 at 07:12:00

Thanks! That clears it up! How do I check to see if I have 32 bit Internet Explorer?

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January 21, 2014 at 08:30:44

I think the easiest way to tell if you're using a 32/64bit version of IE is to make a few assumptions and check your process list in the task manager.

Open the Windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and find Internet Explorer running on the 'Applications' tab; Right-click it and click on 'Go To Process' which should highlight 'iexplorer.exe' on the 'Process' tab.

It sounds like you're running a 64bit OS so if you're running a 32bit version of IE, a '*32' should show up next to the process. If you don't see the '*32' next to the process, you are running a 64bit version of IE.

1. You can't run 64bit software on a 32bit OS therefore all software on 32bit OS is 32bit.
2. All processes running on a 64bit OS that don't have a '*32' next to it is a 64bit process.
3. All processes with a '*32' next to it is a 32bit process running on a 64bit OS.

Hope this helps!

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January 22, 2014 at 19:48:46

Thanks! That's a great explanation! I found that my version of IE is 32 bit.

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January 23, 2014 at 17:25:26
Glad I could help!

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