Advantages of running 32 bit application on 64 bits Windows

Posted on 2011-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Can anyone give me a list of advantages or reference regarding the advantages of running 32 bit application on 64 bits Windows?

Question by:tommym121
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    Starting with Office, apparently the 64-bit version is very buggy and the 32-bit works just fine.
    software companies don't seem to be running to create 64-bit versions yet and that is a crime as 64-bit is definitely the future of computing.  IMHO
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    The only advantage of running 32bit apps on a 64bit platform is that you can keep on running old apps that haven't been ported yet.
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    Not sure about the "advantages", but the blow link may be helpful for your considerations:

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    tommym121--Bottom line is that there are few disadvantages to running 32 bit programs on 64 bit operating systems and those that exist are limited to a few specific programs.  On the other hand there are some advantages to running 32 bit programs, again specific to the programs, such as Office as has been mentioned.  

    If you ask this question because you are trying to decide whether to buy a 32 bit OS versus a 64 bit OS, you may find these references helpful

    64 bit OS is becoming more and more the standard.
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    Well on a 64 bit system you are able to have more RAM available for programs to utilize. Other than that there is no real advantage to running it on a x64 over an x86. Now if you were asking the difference between running a 64 bit verion over a 32 it would be huge in the computers ability to delegate and transfer information.

    If you only run 32 bit apps then there is no real need to upgrade to x64 unless you simply want more RAM to play with. You will not see any big improvements until you actually start using x64 apps which is what the OS is designed for.

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