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I work at a small trophy shop and we are wanting to upgrade our computer. One of my engravers must be run on 32 Bit OS. Is it possible to run a 32 bit printer driver on a 64 bit OS?

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marked as duplicate by nc4pk, Mokubai, Moses, Tog, mpy Oct 25 '13 at 18:35

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What you want is not possible. I highly suggestion you request 64-bit drivers or use a 32-bit operating system. All versions of license grant you the right to either a 64-bit installation or 32-bit installation. So if a computer comes with 64-bit you have the right, to format the hdd, and install the 32-bit version of that operating system instead. – Ramhound Oct 24 '13 at 18:14

No, 64-bit (Windows, Linux, OS X) will only load 64-bit drivers.

The major OSs (Windows, OS X, Linux) can load a 32-bit application on a 64-bit version of the OS through the use of special abstraction layers that translate the 32-bit calls into their 64-bit equivalents, but this is not available for drivers.

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As for the reason its not possible with drivers has to deal with how the operating system communicates with the hardware itself. – Ramhound Oct 24 '13 at 19:36

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