Run 32 and 64 bit on Windows 7

By john cook
Oct 18, 2014
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  1. I know a professional ..... who owns a "Laptop" with windows 7 .....
    That is running ..... 32 & 64 bit "OS" on his laptop ....
    I would assume that the "Laptop" must have ...... the proper required drivers
    for both systems in order to make this possible.
    if anyone has actually installed this combination of operating systems and has experienced the
    benefits of being able to run 32 & 64 bit "OS" programs on one computer ..... please explain if
    you have any operating system issues in programs being installed.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    64 bit Windows runs an emulation layer WOW (windows on windows) which allows 32 bit programs to run almost as fast as natively. So what your 'acquaintance' is saying checks out.
  3. chip igmo

    chip igmo TS Member Posts: 51

    I have an old acer laptop (intel core 2 duo 1.6ghz) with windows vista 32bit (installed on drive C) dual booted with windows 7 64bit (installed on second partition)

    If what the thread starter mean is running 32-bit and 64-bit programs on the same 64bit operating system, then yes it is possible.
    64bit programs cannot be run on 32bit operating system.

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