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I read in this answer that Windows 7 has two versions of the task manager, one being 64-bit and the other being 32-bit.

How do I go about running this 32 bit version of the task manager in Windows 7 64-bit?

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The answer is to run the program at %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\TaskMgr.exe. – Mehrdad Mar 2 '11 at 21:09
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You'll find that 64bit windows keeps two copies of system executables. There's c:\windows\system32 for 64bit apps, and "c:\windows\syswow64" for the 32bit versions.

Navigate to the syswow64 folder and look for taskmgr.exe, double click it to run the 32bit version, after task manager opens you will notice "taskmgr.exe*32" in the list, any process in the list with *32 means it is a 32bit version running.

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syswow64 contains the 32bit binaries, has been since XP 64bit. See this…... "What is the SysWOW64 directory?" – Moab Mar 2 '11 at 23:08
64-bit in System 32 and 32-bit in SysWOW 64? Backwards-compatibility can get to be absurd! – Synetech Mar 2 '11 at 23:36

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