Windows: 64-bit vs. 32-bit

Had someone call me the other day. They had purchased a new 64-bit computer (their old computer was a 32-bit). This presented a conflict in that their new computer could not see some of their old files nor were they able to print using their old printer. The operating systems did not mesh.


The difference between a 32bit and a 64 bit refers to the way the computer’s processor handles the information.

Looking for the following information and answers to FAQ’s such as . . .

  • How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?
  • Which version of Windows 7 should I install: 32-bit or 64-bit?
  • How do I tell if my computer can run a 64-b8t version of Windows?
  • Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or from a 64-b8t version of Windows 7 to a 32-bit version of Windows?
  • Can I run 32-b8t programs on a 64-bit computer?
  • Can I run 64-bit programs on a 32-bit computer?
  • How can I find programs and devices that work with the 64-bit version of Windows 7?
  • If I’m running a 64-bit version of Windows, do I need 64-bit drivers for my devices?

. . . then you may want to check out the page at  this link. You’ll find all the answers there.

 What could they do other than buy new programs and equipment? Since they did not want to purchase a new printer or new programs was there a way to use their 32 bit applications on the new 64 bit computer? Yes there is . . . but be prepared to do a little work.

Rather than take you through the steps to make this work, you can visit the link below for detailed instructions on how to make this happen.


Might add that this site offers a lot of other types of  help, free downloads and security information. It was recommended to me and I think you’ll find it of interest.  Visit the home page at



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