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Help running a 32 bit program on Windows 8 64 bit

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    Help running a 32 bit program on Windows 8 64 bit


    I am trying to access my company desktop at home.
    The program runs on 32 bit instead of 64 bit. I was advised
    that there is a way to do this on Windows 8. Please help.
    thanks in advance.

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    32 bit programs run on 64 bit Windows.

    This goes without saying.
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    Better for you to read this:
    WoW64

    Some 32-bit programs might not work if they used 16-bit installers.
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    I have seen some reports of 32-bit programs not running on 64-bit, but absolutely nothing widespread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vgal View Post
    I am trying to access my company desktop at home.
    The program runs on 32 bit instead of 64 bit. I was advised
    that there is a way to do this on Windows 8. Please help.
    thanks in advance.
    Confused here: is the problem accessing your desktop or using a 32-bit program on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    32 bit programs run on 64 bit Windows.

    This goes without saying.
    And.....??
    As I said I am aware that a 32 bit can run on 64 bit. How is this done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Vgal View Post
    I am trying to access my company desktop at home.
    The program runs on 32 bit instead of 64 bit. I was advised
    that there is a way to do this on Windows 8. Please help.
    thanks in advance.
    Confused here: is the problem accessing your desktop or using a 32-bit program on it?
    I am unable to sign into my work desktop computer from home. It works fine with my 32bit HP but when I tried the same program on my new 64 bit Lenovo it will not sign on. Is there a way to fool the Citrix program to work with a 64 bit? If so how is this done?
    I am sorry for the confusion. I am not well versed on some the lingo. thanks for any information.
    Last edited by Vgal; 03 Feb 2013 at 19:35.
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    Have you installed/updated all drivers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vgal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Vgal View Post
    I am trying to access my company desktop at home.
    The program runs on 32 bit instead of 64 bit. I was advised
    that there is a way to do this on Windows 8. Please help.
    thanks in advance.
    Confused here: is the problem accessing your desktop or using a 32-bit program on it?
    Yes there is a problem. I had a 32 bit HP processor which worked fine. I just replaced the processor with a 64 bit and I am not able to sign into my work desktop remotely.
    OK, so you get to the desktop, but can't sign in as user. Right? What do you use to sign in with? Could the change be on your desktop--not the result of your processor change. Can't think of a reason processor change would give the result you are getting. Please clarify--which machine did you change the processor on?
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vgal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    32 bit programs run on 64 bit Windows.

    This goes without saying.
    And.....??
    As I said I am aware that a 32 bit can run on 64 bit. How is this done?
    If you can tell us the program's name, we could locate it in the Compatibility Center or see what we can do to fix it.
    Otherwise you should look for it yourself.

    How it is done you see above but that is technical.
    What you can understand from there is that system32 folder in Win x64 contains 64bit files and syswow64 contains 32bit files.

    So any older 32bit programs will have to add their system dll's and files to syswow64 in order for the program to work.
    For example some installers (like Systran 6) fail to unserstand this and the program would not run properly.

    For cases where we deal with 16bit (or DOS) applications on 64bit Windows, you'll have to use a VM with an OS up to XP (that supports 16bit) or DosBox (DOS emulator: runs 16bit apps).

    Cheers
    Hopachi
    Last edited by Hopachi; 04 Feb 2013 at 08:41.
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