Questions tagged [32-vs-64-bit]

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How to check if a binary is 32 or 64 bit on Windows?

Is there an easy way to check if a binary is 32 or 64 bit on Windows? I need to check before I move the program to a 32bit machine and experience a spectacular failure.
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How do I remove all i386 architecture packages from my Debian installation?

I added foreign architecture i386 to my Debian amd64 installtion. How do I remove it? When I try this command: dpkg --remove-architecture i386, I am told to first remove all i386 packages.
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Should I install 64-bit versions of operating systems?

With the release of Windows 7 coming up, 64-bit operating systems have caught my attention. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of installing 64-bit Windows 7? What type of compatibility ...
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How to check whether my OS is 64-bit or 32-bit?

What is the best way to determine whether my OS is 64-bit or 32-bit ? Assume that, I directly on some os & I am going to install a software on it. But how to determine, whether OS is 32-bit or 64-...
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Why does windows 7 64bit require more disk space/ram

Why does windows 7 64bit require more disk space and more RAM? http://windows.microsoft.com/systemrequirements is where I got the information.
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How do I install Citrix ICA Client (Receiver) 13 on Debian 64-bit Linux?

The Citrix ICA Client (Receiver) 13 has many i386 dependencies, so I cannot install on my amd64 (64-bit) Debian Linux. How can I make this work?
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Is a product key for 32 bit Windows compatible for 64-bit Windows?

Background information: I own a reasonably good computer which is capable of running a 64 bit operating system. It came installed with Windows 7, which I wiped quite a while ago, and installed ...
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What's the difference between 64-bit and 32-bit dxdiag?

I'm doing some logging and noticed that on 64-bit platforms I can use the /64bit switch to run 64-bit dxdiag. I assume there must be some reason for doing this, namely additional functionality in the ...
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Can a 32-bit antivirus program protect you from 64-bit threats

I think that 32-bit programs cannot look inside 64-bit processes. So I am asking this question out of curiosity. I am using Windows 7 x64. I do not know about the bitness of the antivirus except that ...
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Why are there 32-bit editions of Windows 8? [closed]

64-bit CPUs have been around for about 10 years now, maybe more. Most computers have such CPUs (I don't think 32-bit CPUs are even manufactured anymore). And there are a lot of computers that have ...
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Is there a way to completely eliminate any 32-bit support on a 64-bit windows?

I want to completely disable the whole syswow64. My goal is to make it impossible to run any 32-bit application, or load any 32-bit DLL on a 64-bit windows system. Similarly to the old 16-bit Windows ...
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How to install 32 bit Iceweasel/Firefox and Java plugin so that webex audio works on Debian 64 bit?

Colleagues would like to communicate in a videoconference using Cisco Webex. This requires the Java plugin for Firefox/Iceweasel. Based on this blog, I installed the web browser plugin based on ...
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Simplest way to instruct an end user to discover if Windows is 32 or 64 bit? [duplicate]

I am looking for the simplest method I could provide to a non-tech saavy end user to find out if their Windows PC is 32 or 64 bit. This has to be something they could do manually - i.e., I don't have ...
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How to determine if a 32- or 64-bit OS is suitable for a laptop based on RAM size [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7: Should I Install 64-bit or 32-bit Version? (x64 vs x86) I have heard that if a laptop has more than 2 GBs of RAM (my laptop has 3 GBs of RAM), then one must use a ...
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Will the performance of my Laptop increase if I migrate from Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit to 16.04 64 bit?

I have i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz processor and 8GB RAM in my Thinkpad T530 laptop. Normally I have 6-7 pinned (gmail, whatsapp, slack, keep etc) and up to 10 open tabs in Chrome, virtualbox with ...
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How can I create a 64-bit Windows 7 USB installer in a 32-bit environment?

I have a 64-bit capable machine but accidentally installed a 32-bit version of Windows 7. I have the 64-bit ISO and/or extracted files but can't find a way to create a bootable USB because I can't ...
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Running 64 bit IE tab process on Windows 7

I have a 64 bit ActiveX component which I want to run inside IE. I assumed when I run 64 bit IE, the tabs will also be 64 bit process and I will be able to create the ActiveX object. But even in 64 ...
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Why is 32 bit version of Ubuntu the recommended download on Ubuntu.com?

I was wondering if there is any reason why 32 bit would be recommended for download on the Ubuntu.com site. My Macbook Pro 7,1 has a 64 bit processor; I'm wondering whether the support for 64 bit ...
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Why 32-bit installation of R is available in 64-bit machines?

I wanted to know why, when you install R for Windows on a x64 machine, it lets you choose between installing 64-bit,32-bit, or both. I don't understand why would you want to install 32-bit version of ...
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How to know which operating system is suitable for my PC between 32/64-bit?

I'm using 32-bit operating system since I've my laptop. I've never used the 64-bit operating system so I'm much curious about this that if I upgrade to 64-bit still my pc will give me the same ...
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Is there any advantage to running 32 bit programs from C:\Program Files (x86)\myfolder?

I have 64bit Windows7. Does it make any difference if I run 32 bit programs from a directory, say, at C:\myfolder ? Is there any advantage to keeping them in C:\Program Files (x86)\myfolder ?
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How do I know if my Linux system can run both ELF 32-bit and ELF 64-bit binaries?

It appears that I can run both ELF 32-bit and ELF 64-bit binaries on my Linux host. I am running on pretty vanilla Linux boxes (Intel hardware, RedHat 64-bit kernel, etc.) How is that possible? Is ...
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Any way to enforce Windows 7 to run 32-bit sidebar.exe?

Is there any way to enforce Windows 7 to run 32-bit sidebar.exe instead of 64-bit?
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How can I register a (32-bit) COM DLL as a COM+ application

I heard that you can register a 32 COM server DLL in COM+ so it will be executed as local server instead of an in-process server. This solves a 64/32 bit issue, it would be possible to access the 32-...
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Intel Atom D2500, 64-bit mode

I have an Intel Atom D2500 processor which the spec site claims it supports a 64-bit instruction set. However, cpuinfo shows this: # cat /proc/cpuinfo | egrep "(processor|flags|address)" processor ...
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Why is 64 bit OS version packaged with both 32 and 64 bit libraries?

I installed SuSE 64 bit version, and i saw it has libraries (Samba), installed with both 32 and 64 bit versions. We used to upgrade only the 64 bit version of libraries of Samba in our software ...
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On a computer with less than 4GB RAM, do x86 operating systems save more battery than x64 ones? [closed]

I found out that the Intel Atom N455 in my netbook can run the x64 instruction set. I don't have any compatibility problems with old x86 softwares and drivers, but I need to save battery power. I ...
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Do I have a 64 bit PC?

I am trying to find out if this bad computer of mine is 64 bit. I have a 32 bit and want to get more than 4 GB of ram. I have 2 GB and I can survive 2017 with it. But I want to upgrade to 8 GB. Here's ...
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Windows 7 64 bit on Intel Core 2 Duo T5800

I have an Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 processor in my old laptop. The specs on Intel says it is 64 bit. I remember my vendor telling me it is a 32 bit laptop and I have 32 bit Windows 7 installed. How can ...
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Changing default location of “Program Files (x86)” doesn't work

I changed the default location of "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" by editing the Registry: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion] "ProgramFilesDir"="E:\\ProgramFiles\...
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Downgrading from 64-bit Windows to 32-bit Windows

I currently have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed on my laptop. For a long time I've been having lots of problems with my laptop, such as: Getting the message, "Consider Replacing Your battery"...
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Can one use 4-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit, or 32-bit sized pointers on a 64-bit machine?

I just did a rough calculation around the max size of an unsigned 64-bit integer, which is: 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 q5 q4 t b m t h Looking at AWS's hardware specifications on their ...
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What is the difference between the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows Media Player?

I recently downloaded the Standard version of the K-Lite Codec Pack. Selecting the Advanced installation process gave me the option of configuring and automatically using the 64-bit version of Windows ...
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Run debug scripts in 32-bit in VbsEdit

I use a 64-bit VbsEdit on my Windows 7 computer to debug my VBScript code. Sometimes I need to run the scripts in 32-bit mode (C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\wscript.exe). Can I force VbsEdit to use the 32-...
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Why do I have a 32 bit and 64 bit Excel?

I am using Windows 10 and have installed a 64 bit version of Office. I cannot for the best of my life remember having installed a 32 bit version as well. However, when I open the Start Menu, I find ...
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Work around for “this software is not supported on a 64-bit OS”? [duplicate]

I have an older app I need to access, which will not get past the initial installation screen with the message, "software is not supported on a 64-bit operating system. Please install on a 32-bit ...
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VMware vSphere / ESXi 5.5 recommended guest system architecture

I am currently setting um VMware vSphere / ESXi 5.5 on a DellPowerEdge2900 and since it's an older server the following question came to my mind: Considering performance should I install guest ...
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Improving laptop performance, including 32- vs. 64-bit

I have a slightly older laptop (Dell Inspiron 1720) into which I am about to install an SSD. I'm wondering now what other options I have to improve the performance of this computer (since I can't buy ...
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What's the ramifications of installing a 64bit print driver on a 32bit system?

Yes that's right, 64bit driver on 32bit system. Here's the situation: I installed a printer driver on an XP Professional machine that will be shared with other users across the network. One of the ...
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SSIS OLE DB Destination transfer decreased between SQL to SQL DB

Short Story, after a weekend I started getting errors about some jobs IN the SQL Server Agent failing. What I found out is that the issue is only present in X server and when I try to use a Data Flow ...
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Controller crashes all games

I have bought Esperanza EG102 (really cheap just over 4 $) controller. It has a force feedback feature, so it crashes everything, that tries to connect to it. When I run joy.cpl for a vibration test, ...
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stress testing a 64bit CPU with 32bit software (mprime)

When I stress test a CPU there are three things I'm looking for: Power consumption at peak load (can the PSU handle this CPU?) Heat disipation under heavy load (is it well refrigerated?) Reliability ...
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Doesn't show 64-bit options in VirtualBox after doing everything [duplicate]

Here is everything straight. My OS is 32-bit Window 7 Home Basic. My processor is Intel Pentium P6200, which is 64-bit capable. I have VirtualBox 5.0.4 installed. I have the ISO file of Ubuntu 14....
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Aptana Studio 3: allow more than ~1300MB memory for JVM

Moved from Stack Overflow. I'm running Aptana Studio 3.6.1 on 64-bit Windows 7. Aptana site states that the IDE is compatible with 64-bit environments. When attempting to use a 64-bit Java version, ...
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Qt's plugin path and WOW64

We are trying to set up a Qt development/runtime system for our users at work. This should allow them to build and/or run either a 32-bit or 64-bit Qt application at their discretion (on the same ...
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Memory mapping of a 32-bit virtual machine on a 64-bit host

My host is a 64-bit ubuntu operating system and I want to setup a windows 7 virtual machine. I suspect that using a 32-bit windows 7 vm does not have any benefits regarding the RAM and disk space ...
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Is there a 64 bit to 32 bit USB adapter, to connect devices that don't connect to 64 bit machines?

My Palm's synch cable does not work with USB ports on 64 bit computers, and I've seen confirmations online that it does not work for other people as well. Is there by any chance an adapter that could ...
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Access old Windows files from Tails

I just installed Tails, but I can't seem to access my old Windows files. I'm prompted for the Windows admin password, but even when I enter the correct one it says it can't do it. My gut feeling is ...
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Is it possible to install CentOS 64-bit on a 32-bit machine?

Is it possible to install CentOS 64-bit on a 32-bit machine? Is it possible? If not, I would like to know why. Please explain.
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How do I determine whether Windows 7 is 32-bit or 64-bit? [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 computer. How do I determine whether my Windows installation is 32-bit or 64-bit?