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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

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

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

by richienyhus on 18. January 2013 - 17:16  (104621)

Nitro Reader isn't 64bit.

From their website:

"The Nitro Reader application itself is 32-bit but Nitro can be run on both 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems. We do not have a 64 bit version of the Nitro Reader application."
http://support.nitroreader.com/entries/21757742-how-to-install-64-bit-ve...

Why do they have two separate versions for "32bit" and "64bit" then? is the installer 64bit and the app itself is 32bit?

by rgrun1 on 12. March 2013 - 18:32  (106181)

Nitro Pro installs as a 64 bit app
Also there was another post that the reader was not a printer - it includes an excellent printer that will allow you to APPEND to an existing PDF either as the first or the last page

by richienyhus on 12. March 2013 - 21:23  (106188)

Edit: the the main write up has a 64 bit icon next to it, not a 32bit icon. I think it is wrong to label it 64 bit if only the installer is 64 bit.

by Home User on 17. January 2013 - 13:19  (104565)

[x64 Browser]

*** Cyberfox ***

http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyberfox/

by setinhere on 23. May 2013 - 14:50  (107993)

Yes! I use nothing but Cyberfox. Faster then 32bit in my opinion. Updates are only a few days behind and are easy to install. Uses the same code as firefox, just compiled as x64 bit. Theme has been change too. Can run congruent with firefox. Uses same profile which lets you use the sync feature. I haven't used either Waterfox or Pale Moon so can't compare them.

by PBJ on 24. December 2012 - 18:53  (103942)

I found the IObit Smart Defrag superior,as long as you opt out of the Toolbar and Advanced care options during the install, which are not hidden and easily deselected.

It runs under 64, and the interface is clear and nice, and you can analyze, optimize or just defrag. Go to setting and deselected to run at startup if you do not want that.

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by Anupam on 24. December 2012 - 18:59  (103943)

Sorry, but here at Gizmo's we do not recommend IObit's software.. reasons explained many times. The comment will be deleted.

Also, please do not post direct links to files. One of the site rules.

by Vm (not verified) on 29. November 2012 - 14:52  (103070)

I have file in CHM formate i wanted to convert in pdf formate plz suggest any software for this

by Levent (not verified) on 25. November 2012 - 20:55  (102895)

IE10-x64, Opera-x64 12.11, Waterfox-x64 16.0.1 and Pale Moon-x64 15.3 are really 64-bit web browsers. But Google Chrome and Firefox are 32-bit.

Mozilla Stops Developing 64-bit Version Of Firefox For Windows. Waterfox and Pale Moon are based on Mozilla Firefox. I wish, they develope Waterfox and Pale Moon.

by vm (not verified) on 25. November 2012 - 8:09  (102870)

plz update once in month and add new feature and any help from my side?

by Anupam on 25. November 2012 - 8:14  (102871)

New features, like?

by geoh777 (not verified) on 17. November 2012 - 17:18  (102484)

I so far have had a good experience with Earlybird email client (Mozilla Thunderbird 64-bit beta). Unlike Thunderbird, after it installed, it quickly recognized my gmail account. Thanks to all for the end to that frustration.

by t (not verified) on 7. November 2012 - 1:17  (101964)

For those that do not know LibreOffice is spin-off of Open Office and it is not nearly as good. Lots of strange quirks. Open Office is by far superior and should be the office suite of choice for most people.

by bhermance on 19. January 2014 - 13:21  (113723)

I agree.

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