? asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 2 months ago

Is it okay to download a 32 bit program on a 64 bit operating system?

What if the program only comes in 32 bit?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes its ok.

  • 2 months ago

    32-bit programs can run on a 64-bit system, but 64-bit programs will not run on a 32-bit system. While it is possible to install a 32-bit operating system on a 64-bit system, it is best to install a 64-bit version if possible.

  • 2 months ago

    No problem as long as the OS has 32 bit compatibility, windows does and as far as I knpow pretty much all linux distros do too.  Very much older 16 bit programs are where you generally have issues.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it is ok no problem at all.

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, no problem. What you can't run are lower than 32-bit (16 or 8-bit).

  • garry
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    yes it should run , windows 10 is compatable with most 64 and 32 bit software . its just 64 bit will run smoother and faster . its is designed for 64 bits .

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    if your using windows then yes it will be fine, no problem - I have a windows 7, 64 bit operating system and some of my programs are 32 bit and they work fine

    on the other hand if your using a mac - well thats another matter

  • 2 months ago

    Modern 64-bit versions of Windows will run 32-bit programs just fine. They'll typically run identical to how they would on a 32-bit system.

    Mac is a bit more tricky. Versions of MacOS version 10.14 (Mojave) and older can run 32-bit applications. From Catalina onward, 32-bit support is removed and therefore those apps will NOT run.

  • 2 months ago

    A 32-bit program will run just fine on a 64-bit OS.  It won't run as fast as a 64-bit program, but you might not notice the difference.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    yes, that's perfectly fine. it just wont run in 64 bit mode. 

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