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64 bit vs 32 bit

  1. #1


    Posts : 42
    windows 8

    64 bit vs 32 bit


    Hello

    i am wanting to install some application that i had on my windoes XP 32 bit....but when i try to install them to windoews 8 64 bit,there pops out a message saying that the applications are not supported by the system .....Is there any way to make a 32 bit application to run on a 64 bit windows 8?

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  2. #2


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    32bit applications work properly in 64bit Windows, unless the application has a requirement for a specific hardware driver to be included with it, or if it has 16bit components.

    What application is not working?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 42
    windows 8


    i am trying to install a aoftware,which the company releasing it has made it clear that it is not designed to run on 64-bit Windows, such as Windows 7 or Windows XP....Anyway,in windows 7 there was a way to switch to XP MODE 32 BIT,which is not in wondows 8...was wondering if windows 8 had a similar option since it is more advanced version
    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    32bit applications work properly in 64bit Windows, unless the application has a requirement for a specific hardware driver to be included with it, or if it has 16bit components.

    What application is not working?
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  4. #4


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,585
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Win 8 does have Hyper-V which is a virtual environment much like Virtual PC that was available for Win 7. However, Win 7 also included a fully licensed copy of XP to run as a VM within Virtual PC which Win 8 does not. If you have a spare copy of XP, you could create a VM running XP with Hyper-V or you could install VMWare Player or VirtualBox and do the same thing.
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  5. #5


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    If the company is specifically telling you it won't run on a 64-bit OS, than it probably won't run, and possibly install.

    Also as cluberti asked what program is it?
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    What program can it be:

    16bit most likely...

    Get DosBox for this if you are on x64 Windows 8.

    ...or older troublesome 32bit one with drivers.

    Fixes all:
    Install it in a XP 32bit VM on your Windows 8. (in this case the 16bit one will run here as well).
    if you used XP in the past, install it with that key.
    Last edited by Hopachi; 13 Aug 2013 at 14:33.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 42
    windows 8


    i have to download it and install it in windows 8?After installing it , it recognises 32 bit or 16 bit immediately without any further action right ?-Thanks for reply
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    What program can it be:

    16bit most likely...

    Get DosBox for this if you are on x64 Windows 8.

    ...or older troublesome 32bit one with drivers.

    Fixes all:
    Install it it in a XP 32bit VM on your Windows 8. (in this case the 16bit one will run here as well).
    if you used XP in the past, install it with that key.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 42
    windows 8


    Do i have to download Windows XP mode and Oracle VM virtual box and install them or just the software you mentioned and thats all....thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    What program can it be:

    16bit most likely...

    Get DosBox for this if you are on x64 Windows 8.

    ...or older troublesome 32bit one with drivers.

    Fixes all:
    Install it it in a XP 32bit VM on your Windows 8. (in this case the 16bit one will run here as well).
    if you used XP in the past, install it with that key.
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  9. #9


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by studenti View Post
    Do i have to download Windows XP mode and Oracle VM virtual box and install them or just the software you mentioned and thats all....thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    What program can it be:

    16bit most likely...

    Get DosBox for this if you are on x64 Windows 8.

    ...or older troublesome 32bit one with drivers.

    Fixes all:
    Install it it in a XP 32bit VM on your Windows 8. (in this case the 16bit one will run here as well).
    if you used XP in the past, install it with that key.
    You have to download VirtualBox or VMware Player (one will be enough). Then install.
    Create a new VM, select XP... It will resamble what you had as XP Mode in Win7 but it will be a bit different (other programs used).

    Then you need XP from install CD or ISO, insert it in the drive... (see links for more details).

    Links to begin in VirtualBox below.

    Intro VM's:
    The Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox

    XP VM:
    How To Install Windows Xp In Virtual Box - YouTube

    Extras, virtual SATA disks:
    https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=42829
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  10. #10


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Before going to XP Mode (you'd probably need to go out and buy an extra XP Licence to use it legally for one thing) you might try the Compatibility Troubleshooter. (Windows Key + W, then type "Compatibility" and you'll get a result called "Run programs made for a previous version of windows")

    You might be lucky...

    And, as previous people have asked, what program is it?
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