Solved

Running 32-bit apps on 64-bit OS

Posted on 2008-10-16
10
804 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
I have a computer that has a 64-bit capable processor and was thinking about running XP 64-bit instead of the regular XP Pro I'm currently using.  However, none of my applicaitons (as far as I know) are 64-bit apps.  Can I run these apps on the 64-bit version of XP without anything else.

The list of apps I need are:
Office 2003 Pro
Dreamweaver CS3
Acrobat 8.0 Pro
VLC Media Player
Roxio Creator

Can most 32-bit apps run on a 64-bit system?  Also, what about device drivers?  Will I need special drivers for 64-bit?  Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:sedberg1
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • +1
10 Comments
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
patricka_0377 earned 100 total points
ID: 22730951
0
 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:flyingsky
flyingsky earned 300 total points
ID: 22730982
You will have no problem running 32bit app on a 64bit OS, but device drivers you need 64bit.
0
 

Author Comment

by:sedberg1
ID: 22731058
It's a Dell comptuer and according to teh Dell site, there are no 64-bit drivers.  If I buy some peripherals (video, network, and audio) that have 64-bit drivers, will I have a problem installing them and installing teh drivers?  If Dell provides no 64-bit drivers, than does that mean my motherboard can't handle 64-bit capable devices either?
0
Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic

Backup is strategic to your business because your data is strategic to your business. Without backup, your business will fail. This white paper explains why it is vital for you to design and immediately execute a backup strategy to protect 100 percent of your data.

 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:flyingsky
flyingsky earned 300 total points
ID: 22731154
"If Dell provides no 64-bit drivers, than does that mean my motherboard can't handle 64-bit capable devices either"
well that's no necessarily true. You'd better check the MB manufacture if Dell doesn't have 64bit driver.
But I wouldn't suggest using 64bit OS if Dell doesn't provide 64bit drivers. Unless you really really want to use the 64bit os, then you can try find out from all the device manufacture if they have 64bit driver. (that's very time consumming, and sometimes, impossible)
why do you need 64bit OS? can you buy another 64bit machine if you really need the 64bit os?
0
 

Author Comment

by:sedberg1
ID: 22731284
I'm running a lot of graphics programs.  Everything slows down when I'm running Dreamweaver.  Maybe I'm just stubborn and have too many things open at the same time, but I'll have Outlook, our ERP program, Photoshop and Dreamweaver all open at the same time and get memory low warnings regularly.  I've bought some more memory to bump my system up from 2 GB to 4 GB.  So I'm trying to figure out ways to increase performance.

Also, our engineering guy uses AutoCAD and various CAD programs throughout the day and could use some more performance.  Maybe it's better just to get a new computer that already has 64-bit capabilities?
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:mikainz
ID: 22731296
right question flyingsky !!!
"why do you need 64bit OS?"
0
 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:flyingsky
flyingsky earned 300 total points
ID: 22731514
My experience with those applications is, they run better on workstations, not just regually pc.
If you are thinking of using 4G or more RAM, then you need a 64bit machine. and I think you are right, "it's better just to get a new computer that already has 64-bit capabilities"
0
 

Author Comment

by:sedberg1
ID: 22731655
What's your opinion on the Dell Precisions?  I'm pricing out some of the T5400 options.  Any experience with them?  Good, bad, heard from others?
0
 
LVL 8

Assisted Solution

by:mikainz
mikainz earned 100 total points
ID: 22731649
We made goog experience with DELL Precsion workstations running Windows XP x64.
One thing to look at first are the printer drivers.
Check the websites of your printer manufacturers, wheter or not they have 64 bit printer drivers.
One problem with software we faced is ...
For 64bit Explorer you can not use the SEND TO .... mail recipient of your Outlook client.
see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;895561
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:flyingsky
ID: 22731709
I have only used Dell Precision Mobile workstations, they are good.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware: The New Cyber Threat & How to Stop It

This infographic explains ransomware, type of malware that blocks access to your files or your systems and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid. It also examines the different types of ransomware and explains what you can do to thwart this sinister online threat.  

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Our Group Policy work started with Small Business Server in 2000. Microsoft gave us an excellent OU and GPO model in subsequent SBS editions that utilized WMI filters, OU linking, and VBS scripts. These are some of experiences plus our spending a lo…
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

773 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question