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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.

64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7 and 8 include both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer, version 8 in the case of Windows 7, version 10 for Windows 8. The 32-bit versions of Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera also work without a hitch under both operating systems.

For a many months I have used all the browsers. I rate them similarly to the 32-bit versions (see Best Free Web Browser). Although my personal preference is for Firefox and its derivatives, your preference is likely to be determined by what you use in a 32-bit version. On my systems, the 64-bit versions seem smoother and faster than the 32-bit versions when running on 64-bit Windows but they are usually no faster than their 32-bit versions running on 32-bit Windows.

The issues are the same for all 64-bit versions, they use more memory and they may not be able to run your favourite 32-bit add-on or plug-in. However, the main roadblocks to using 64-bit browsers have been removed:

Pale Moon

Pale Moon is a fast version of Firefox optimized to run on newer hardware. Speed is increased by optimizing the compiled program through removing support for older processors, utilising the features of newer processors, and configuring some features differently. The main difference you will notice is that the user interface is slightly different retaining some of the older placements.

Compatibility is maintained by using only 'unmodified Firefox code' but removing some 'less useful' features which don't affect the ability to display web pages correctly. Useful features that are removed are: accessibility features - if you need them you won't want this browser; and parental controls - see Best Free Internet Safety Checkwhich describes how parental controls improve browsing safety. You will also lose crash support because Pale Moon does not have the same infrastructure as Firefox.

Pale Moon installation was easy but a separate utility has to be downloaded to migrate my Firefox settings. One benefit of 100% Firefox source code is that I can use Firefox Sync which synchronizes Firefox history, bookmarks, etc on different platforms. I'm using it to synchronize 32-bit Firefox, 64-bit Firefox and 64-bit Pale Moon so I don't lose any of my work while I'm evaluating them.


Waterfox, like Pale Moon, is an optimized 64-bit version of Firefox that doesn't remove major components. It appears to be faster than Pale Moon but has one annoying feature:"Waterfox uses the same profile that Firefox does. If you uninstall Waterfox make sure you don't have the remove personal data box ticked!".


Opera might well be my main browser if it wasn't so aggressive at making itself the default. With smaller market share, I guess that they try harder to overcome conservatism and inertia that keeps Opera off more desktops.

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.

Google Chrome

Even with four 64-bit browsers to choose from, 32-bit Chrome Chrome is still a very attractive product with features that you might consider essential like multiple user profiles.


  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.


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 Anonymous on 15. June 2010 - 15:37  (52173)

I have 32 bit vista and have .net framework 3.5 waiting in the wings to be downloaded. I'm not sure if I need it not b/c when i got my computer 2 years ago it came with .net framework 2.0 already installed. I'm running ie8 and mse and they are running fine. do i really need this extra 3.5 framework on my computer! Thanks

by rik on 15. June 2010 - 15:51  (52175)

The .NET framework is like any other core piece of software and I always keep it up to date. At the risk of boring you with the obvious, take an image of your PC before installing .NET 3.51 SP 1. I doubt you'll have a problem but 'least said soonest mended.'


by Anonymous on 15. June 2010 - 15:58  (52176)

Thank you for this prompt and charismatic response. I like the similes and metaphors you inject in your responses. Please don't ever think your work and time is done in vain on this website because i've learned a lot these past few months reading your posts :)

by rik on 15. June 2010 - 20:20  (52192)

Thank you for your kind words. If I can help one visitor from falling into one of the many holes I've fallen into over the years then I'll have done something right.


by Anonymous on 18. June 2010 - 13:37  (52398)

Hi All
What software would i use to whipe out compleate hdd with secure files on them. I have several old computers that have lucked files on them including an okd laptop The hall have windows xp on them right now. I sure would appreciate it if someone could hekp me
Thanks a bunch.

by Anupam on 18. June 2010 - 13:43  (52399)
by rik on 18. June 2010 - 16:41  (52413)

Further to Anupam's comment, use one of these utilties to erase the drive(s) and assuming you don't intend to sell the PCs remove the drives and smash them to pieces. This is what the US DoD and UK Department of Defense do. It isn't subtle but it does the job :)


by Anonymous on 19. June 2010 - 4:35  (52442)

Hi Anupam
Thanks for the help. I appreciate it. I will take a look there and see what I can find. I just want to wipe everything clean and put new ops on them so I can use them for myself again it's cheeper then buying new hdds other ways I would do what rick said, to smash them. Since you never know what others will do with your info.
Thanks again and have a good one.

by Anupam on 19. June 2010 - 8:50  (52452)

You are welcome. Glad to be of help :). If you wanted to reuse your hard disk for installing a fresh copy of OS, then the format command while installing your OS would do the job well. Since, you only are going to reuse the hard disk, so there is no need to wipe the hard disk clean, as there is no security issue. A format will get rid of all the previous data. But yes, if you want to dispose off the hard disk, then you should make use of the wiping software.

by Anonymous on 19. June 2010 - 19:12  (52475)

Hi again Anupan
Ok now I have real problem. I did not get your replay in time and I think I messed up big time. I used DBN to whipe the hdd but now yt will not let me install the op. It said that it can't format the hdd. Is there anything I can do tto fix that??? I would really appreciate your help
again if ou could.
Thanks a lot

by rik on 20. June 2010 - 7:35  (52505)

Please take this issue over to the forum. No disrespect, but I don't want the comments section taken over by this.

Rik, Category Editor Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software & Site Technical Support Manager

by Anonymous on 20. June 2010 - 14:10  (52531)

Hi rik
Sorry about that. Will not happen again.

by rik on 21. June 2010 - 7:03  (52572)

No need for an apology. We are all here to help each other, it's just a question of where the best place on the site for that is.

Best regards,


by Anonymous on 23. June 2010 - 12:26  (52846)

Note, the latest build of 64 bit Thunderbird 3, codenamed Shredder is 3.0.5 not, 3.0 beta 2. (Works great, too).

by rik on 23. June 2010 - 12:36  (52850)

If it supports the Lightning extension I might be interested. If not, as is most likely, I'll stick with what I have.

Rik - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 24. June 2010 - 1:10  (52922)

Well, I don't use Lightning, but I looked at the Lighning known issues and bug fixes, and it is not a current known issue. And, last bug fix affecting shredder was fixed back in March. So, all I can say is to give it a try. In any case, you should update the article to show the current version of 3.0.5

by rik on 25. June 2010 - 0:49  (53050)

Done as requested, many thanks for pointing this out.

I should perhaps point out that 64 bit Thunderbird 3 is NOT an official project so please don't report problems theres


by Anonymous on 28. June 2010 - 11:57  (53361)

Any good 64bit text editor recommendations?

by rik on 28. June 2010 - 12:35  (53364)

Our article Best Free Text Editor doesn't mention any, but a 64 bit version of notepad2 is available here.


by Anonymous on 28. June 2010 - 13:08  (53365)

I am a regular visitor to your blog, like all your post this post is also very good. I will give 10 out of 10 marks.

by Anonymous on 28. June 2010 - 19:27  (53388)

Have you tried Windows Notepad. It actually comes standard with windows os ?

by rik on 29. June 2010 - 10:38  (53423)

Many thanks!


by Anonymous on 30. June 2010 - 2:51  (53479)

Me also regular visitor as well but i will give it 20 out of 10 !

by Rothy (not verified) on 3. July 2010 - 10:06  (53682)

Thank you for this great information!

I recommend CCleaner. There is a native 64 bit version of the software, which installs out of the combined installation program (at least for my understanding).

by rik on 3. July 2010 - 10:32  (53683)

Sorry, but ccleaner is still pure 32 bit.

Rik, Category Editor

by Tommy123 (not verified) on 5. July 2010 - 21:35  (53799)

I'm currently using Spybot Search & Destroy and Spybot resident, don't really have any idea of how much it covers but i do regular scans and the resident runs constantly, is there anything you would recommend instead or as well as? Don't want too many different protection programs that do the same thing!

Recently my computer keeps restarting itself randomly but spybot isn't finding anything and I don't have a clue what's going on!? Any suggestions? I think someone mentioned about Spybot updates causing computers to crash?
(sorry but not read all the above messages haven't got all day!)

by tushR on 5. July 2010 - 22:43  (53805)

The only security software in your pc is Spybot?
If I was you, I would remove Spybot and use Avast free.

by Tommy123 (not verified) on 6. July 2010 - 0:02  (53808)

Yeah, I did have Avast but read some dodgy reviews about it, thought Spybot sounded like the best. I'll give it another chance ;)

by rik on 6. July 2010 - 5:02  (53820)

Apologies for the delay in replying. Definitely switch from Spybot to AVAST or Avira. Personally I wouldn't touch MSE or Panda 'Cloud' with a barge pole. Best of luck.

Rik, Category Editor

by MidnightCowboy on 6. July 2010 - 8:41  (53831)

I can understand the reservations about Panda but whaddayagot against MSE? :)