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Best Free Windows 64-bit Browser

Now is a good time to try a 64-bit browser. Just don't get rid of your 32-bit browser until you are sure that you can do without it. You may find that you rely upon a 32-bit add-on, plug-in, or extension which has no 64-bit replacement. Here's the main ones that do:

The advantages of 64-bit browsers outweigh the disadvantages. 64-bit programs typically use more memory because 64-bit data is bigger than 32-bit data. But most of us would rather have access to more memory; faster operations particularly for decoding or encoding; and advanced 64-bit security features such as more robust ALSR (address space layout randomization) than that available in 32-bit Windows. And you get all this without having to learn anything new because the 64-bit versions use the same interface.

Google Chrome

The 64-bit version of Chrome has been a long time coming but it is well worth the wait. It is first in this list because it is new and many people will want to use it. I have been using both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and often had to check which version I was using because they are so similar. Regarding add-ons, you will loose 32-bit add-on support but Google is changing the add-on framework so all the current 32-bit add-ons will have to change at some point as well. Crhome also has its own Flash player built-in.

Waterfox

Waterfox is my preferred browser and the defacto 64-bit replacement for Firefox because it is now a Mozilla project. It is an optimized 64-bit version of Firefox that doesn't remove major components unlike another alternative Pale Moon. Waterfox is so close to Firefox "that it uses the same profile that Firefox does. If you uninstall Waterfox make sure you don't have the remove personal data box ticked!". The advantage of this is that you can synchronize all your settings between 32-bit Firefox, 64-bit Waterfox, and 64-bit Palemoon.

Internet Explorer

While Internet Explorer 64-bit is a very good browser, I don't using it much because I have had more problems with the websites I rely upon and work on. Even so, I enjoyed using it as it was also noticeably smoother and faster than the 32-bit version.

Opera

Opera has slipped badly with the latest upgrade to a blink-based engine. It is currently missing print preview, the ability to print web-page backgrounds as there is no page setup dialog, the ability to import bookmarks or even a bookmark manager (there is an add-in which you will need to use input bookmarks from other browsers), some HTML entity/character support, and the ability to customize search providers. It also has problems with plug-ins and rendering. Apart from these major issues it ran smoothly and was easy to use.

 

  Best Free Windows 64-bit Email

Microsoft offer no real 64-bit solution for the latest versions of Windows:

  • Windows 8 Mail is a Modern UI application but it is very limited. If you use it, you will have to complement it with webmail or another email program.
  • Windows 7 does not include an email client.
  • Windows Vista 64 has a 64-bit version of Windows Mail which makes it Microsoft's only competent 64-bit email client.

Earlybird

Thunderbirdis our recommended client for the 32-bit Windows desktop but Mozilla's only 64-bit version is the unsupported beta Earlybird. It is good enough to use but be warned that you may strike problems although I haven't ... yet.

Unfortunately, moving from your existing email client to 64-bit Thunderbird 3 can be quite a challenge. Users moving from Thunderbird 2 under Windows 7 and Vista 64 will need to use two third party freeware products, MozBackupand MailStore Home. Migration from Outlook is relatively simple under Vista 64 using the import function. This approach doesn't work under Windows 7 due to changes in the registration of MAPI entries which no one appears to want to acknowledge or address.

 

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by Bodisson on 17. October 2014 - 9:58  (119231)

Can not find InkScape 64-bit... only 32-bit version available from supplied link...

by bili_39 on 17. October 2014 - 18:27  (119240)

If you want 64 bit version, you can try new 0.91-pre2, or 0.48.5 from www.partha.com. They keep (and build) 64 bit builds of graphic software.

by dawnmaster on 30. August 2014 - 16:23  (118297)

As of version 37, Chrome now have 64bit version.

by Remah on 31. August 2014 - 5:04  (118308)

Thanks for the info. I'm currently testing it.

by mehman on 12. August 2014 - 12:27  (117904)

Isnt PDF-XChange Viewer 64 bit. On the site for PDF-XChange Viewer there are options to download 32 bit and 64 bit.

You have cancelled it from Non Adobe PDF reader.

correct me if I am wrong.

by Remah on 12. August 2014 - 12:51  (117905)

Yes, you're correct. :)

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll reinsert it soon.

Edit: Now done

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:35  (117399)

Rainlendar is the best todo & reminder app in the world & they have a great 64bit beta. Both versions work beautifully on my 64bit windows 7 & they have EPIC skins available, not to mention it's specifically a calendar app, but it has a to-do list, or rather, you can make several to-do lists & have a different theme for each, you can sort by priority, alphabetically or category, as well as sort by other stuff & there's a primary sort order & secondary, so for instance, I have a to-do list that is primarily sorted by priority, where it has titles for each priority & lists the corresponding ones underneath, which are secondarily sorted by alphabetical order. I also have a different to-do list where things are primarily sorted by category & then secondarily sorted by priority. You can set alarms & in the pro version you can connect your google account & have it sync your calendars & I believe your to-do list as well. It still works if you don't pay, it just adds "unregistered version" in the events & whatnot. I have no issues with it & I've been using the 64bit beta for quite a long time. I never had any issues with the regular version either. Oh and you can set multiple alarms, with any sound files you want & it's awesome. It's a software I couldn't live a day without. It's also a rather beautiful addition to my desktop. Wish I could post a picture!

by Remah on 18. July 2014 - 2:26  (117404)

Thanks for your comments - I read all five of them. By the way, I like your moniker. :)

I've just started rewriting the entire article page by page because it takes time to check compatibility. So most of the comments will change and a lot more 64-bit applications will be added:
- I'll look at Rainlendar and PrivateFirewall.
- The comments on Palemoon are from two years ago so they will change. But at the time it consistently had problems on two systems. That is probably not the case today.
- I agree that PotPlayer has features galore. I use it and VLC.
- it is policy here not to recommend beta software but sometimes I find it hard to ignore some very stable betas.

by Remah on 13. July 2014 - 2:23  (117297)

I've taken over this category again and will be making many changes as the article recommendations have not been actively updated for two years.

I will start with three changes affecting the entire article:

+ Screenshots will be added.

+ The focus will almost exclusively be on 64-bit software.

+ 32-bit software that is recommended here will have no discussion and only a link to the category where it is recommended elsewhere on this site. If it not recommended elsewhere on this site or there is something specific to using it in 64-bit Windows then I will include some relevant detail.

Remah - Editor

by markboy on 24. June 2014 - 18:42  (116905)

In terms of security and to prevent malware and viruses I would go with Reboot Restore RX.

by MrToad28 on 8. June 2014 - 13:46  (116685)

Earlybird aka Thunderbird 10 [stable version] http://wiki.mozilla-x86-64.com/Thunderbird:Download Has been a great solution to a difficult problem: Shortly before extended travel my win7 64-bit laptop developed a problem that prevented 32bit programs from accessing networks...32bit internet explorer would flash and close. Thunderbird couldn't reach mail servers. But 64-bit browsers like Waterfox[awesome], Palemoon64[great], and Internet explorer 64-bit[so-so] could access networks and the internet. Searching for a 64-bit email client, I found Earlybird 10. Used Mozbackup to transfer stuff from Thunderbird...It works great..except that there's no 64-bit lightning.
Would I use it if Tbird 32bit worked?
Probably not...there's no killer speed or performance difference and I miss lightning, but if you have a 64-bit system that won't do 32-bit internet...this is a great solution.

by BallyIrish on 11. April 2014 - 17:07  (115621)

This was posted as a reply to @BearPup but came up here...?

Lemme me tell you somethin' 'bout IObit, please, @BearPup.

I once purchased a program from that so-called Company, and most of my new program's interface (RegCleaner) was taken up by an advertisement (for ASC). Naturally, I uninstalled the program, strongly objected by email, and requested a refund. No reply was forthcoming, to any of the emails sent thereafter, not even an acknowledgement.

I first warned that "Company" that I would take appropriate action, which I did, after still more silence, and eventually, after about four months of third party action, I received my refund.

IObit is simply not fit for mention on Gizmo's Freeware web site. It is criminal the way that Company conducts its so-called business.

by Fairportfan on 18. January 2014 - 5:04  (113681)

I have tried ABIWord several times. I find it counter-intuitive and not worth the effort to learn. (This may be because i refuse to have anything to do with Office or WordPerfect).

For my own purposes, i find that EditPad Lite is fine for entry and editing.

[Moderator's note: mention of commercial software edited out.]

by Fairportfan on 16. April 2014 - 21:27  (115748)

Sorry 'bout that.

by plasticpig72 on 11. January 2014 - 18:54  (113539)

Up until now I have sworn by your favourite palemoon. I have noticed lately that it seems to be slower and purely by chance I stumbled across a browser that others have mentioned - Cyberfox. Now I will say first of all that in order to install it you have to remove any existing firefox installation including settings. That done I am staggered by how quick it is in comparison to palemoon and waterfox. I will update with my experience as i install it on my laptop in the week, but for now I am extremely impressed.

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:39  (117400)

I use several browsers, but Palemoon is one of my favorites & I have NEVER had a problem with it being slow. Never. I have TONS of extensions & TONS of tabs always open, so I'm not sure why you'd have any issues with it being slow. It works beautifully. Maxthon is also pretty good & Seamonkey as well.

by satrow on 16. January 2014 - 13:19  (113654)

Perhaps you should create and use a new profile for Pale Moon then?

Cyberfox and Waterfox are both billed as being built for speed, whereas Pale Moon has a different priority, yet there are times when Pale Moon is the fastest.

by shrishri on 26. September 2013 - 13:07  (111028)

I use Maxthon, and I find it really so well-designed, fast and with a really neat interface. It also offers a cloud interface and various other well-thought out in-built features like Skynote that are instantly available across multiple devices. Am surprised that it is never reviewed in most of the popular freeware review sites...

by Paxmilitaris on 4. October 2013 - 2:45  (110939)

Non-Adobe PDF Reader: I like Foxit Reader because it's lite on resources and i use the portable version from portableapps. I now use Sumatra PDF as it reads more file types (cbr).

I used HandBrake as a video converter, didn't know it also rips.
64 bit available for download
http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Why Potplayer and not VLC?

Why Q-DIR twice?

System Information: QwikMark never made my computer crash like SIW did.

You should drop Comodo, Privatefirewall is better. The biggest advantage being that it doesn't need an how to guide to use.

What's the difference between (Pale Moon (Firefox) | Waterfox (Firefox)) and Firefox 24.0?

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:48  (117401)

Privatefirewall is the best firewall ever. Plus it has a process blocker. I hate Comodo. Their software caused me a system failure of such enormous proportions, that I had to completely re-install Windows fresh. I wont be using anything they make again. Especially since their support is atrocious.

I use Pale Moon when I don't feel like using Firefox, and it has some differences, though I can't really remember what they are. It's a great browser & still has features that by now, Firefox has retardedly decided to remove, which is stupid considering they could just give the option to remove the features & not screw over the rest of us. Plus they're update-crazy at Mozilla, every other day they push an update & one of my important extensions breaks & they expect developers to keep up with them....that's not reasonable. A lot of extension developers develop their extensions in their free time, for free. It's not possible for them to keep up like that. Pale Moon doesn't update too often & I've never found it to not work with extensions I need. Pretty much all extensions work fine with it.

However, Potplayer is WAY better than VLC imo, especially the interface & the way it works. Sure, there aren't any great themes really available, but in performance, I don't believe I'd want to use ANYTHING else. Especially while watching TV shows. It has this feature in which the playlist is part of the main window & only appears in fullscreen when you hover over the side. Otherwise it disappears, and the same thing goes for the controls & the top bar, they only appear when you hover over the edges of the screen. That is an absolutely essential thing to me. Same goes for seekbar thumbnails. The options in Potplayer are absolutely awesome & I can right click & change the audio renderer almost instantly, which is a biggy for me, considering I have my TV hooked up via HDMI & also have headphones/stereo, which requires me to be able to quickly change the setting of where the audio goes out, without having to open a window and go through a bunch of settings. Most of the settings are available through a right click & context menu, which is awesome. You can do SO much with Potplayer, except I haven't used a lot of features, like the live ones. I'm sure they're just as good. I am so stoked that I accidentally stumbled across Potplayer, because now I don't know how I got along with out it, to be honest.

by robopop on 19. August 2013 - 20:42  (110016)

I have been using a 64bit video encoder/converter called "Kirara Encoder x64" for about a year now and have found it to be very fast and gives great results. I would be interested to see if anyone else has used it and get others opinions on this excellent program and perhaps have it included in 64bit list.

Update:- "Kirara Encoder x64" has now become "ShanaEncoder" It has been updated and the GUI has changed. I will report back after some testing.

by blaszta on 26. May 2013 - 9:40  (108038)

No review on SlimCleaner (https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimcleaner.php) ? On the website has PC Mag best of the year 2012 badge.. but I trust Gizmo more :)

by mikesmess on 7. March 2013 - 2:08  (106001)

I wish to Thank the persons who run this site. I'm not very computer literate that being said (and probally mispelled Lol) I feel the "Mods" are very understanding to this weakness or lack of knowlege and make it very easy to understand the information.I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon this site. This information is a blessing to me.My hat is off to you all!! Keep up the great work,
mikesmess

by BearPup on 22. February 2013 - 23:54  (105671)

Your banishment of IOBit is becoming boorish. Even convicted criminals get paroled. They have certainly served their time for something they were never convicted of! This is the only site with this policy. Enough already.

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:50  (117402)

IOBit is a horrible company & they don't deserve any recommendation by the people here. I for one am very glad about this policy.

by MidnightCowboy on 23. February 2013 - 0:39  (105673)

Please respect the policies of this site and the rules under which you agreed to be bound at the time of registration. Open a thread in the forum if you wish to discuss this topic or communicate with us privately as requested in rule #7. Further public comments will be regarded as trolling. MC - Site Manager.

by Bodisson on 17. February 2013 - 0:45  (105476)

Money Manager EX - 32bit only.

by sisellie on 31. January 2013 - 7:45  (104986)

I am looking for the best & free program that converts music from MP3 to waves. Your help would be very appreciated. I am using Windows 8 that is 64-bit.

by Sarfraz Anwar on 4. March 2014 - 9:52  (114767)

www.koyotesoft.com You can use it.:)

by UPflyer on 11. May 2013 - 7:29  (107650)

Audacity, would be my recomendation. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, and an older version of Audacity (1.3)-No problems.
Simply import a copy of your MP3 file, Audacity will prompt you to do this or it will convert your original file. Click Export as WAV(to wherever you want to store it ). The process takes a few seconds.

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