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Old 16. Jul 2015, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are my progs 32 or 64 bit & if 32 are 64 available?

Came across a program called Checky 64 or something like that. All it does is checks to see if your running a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows.

However that got me to wondering if there's a program that can check all the programs you have installed and advise you if they are 32 bit or 64 bit and then check if 64 bit versions are available.

I often download from MajorGeeks and other good websites and sometimes they don't mention if a 64 bit version is available (7-Zip is a case in point). I sometimes forget to click the developers link to go to there website to see if a 64 bit version is available. So I end up downloading and installing the 32 bit version.

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Old 16. Jul 2015, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For a quick check, use Task Manager's Processes tab and check the box to Show processes from all users, all 32-bit software running will be marked with *32.

For security and a few other software types that need to run at close to kernel level, only the drivers need to be x64, the gui software for them can be, and usually are, x86.
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Old 16. Sep 2015, 05:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I see. Still though, I'm surprised nobody has made a small, elegant program that nicely displays that information.

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Old 16. Sep 2015, 06:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Lot's of good reasons why nobody has done it. Many programs, e.g. system info and management software, will tell what it is 32-bit or 64-bit but it is not presented as a simple list:
  • Most people don't care. Based on marketshare it's probably not relevant to up to 50% of Windows users running 32-bit Windows:
    12% Windows XP is basically 100% 32-bit
    2% Windows Vista is nearly 90% 32-bit
    58% Windows 7 is about 50% 32-bit
    14% Windows 8/8.1 is mainly 64-bit
    5% Windows 10 is mainly 34-bit
  • There is no automatic upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit Microsoft.
  • Windows automatically provides 32-bit compatibility (using WOW)
  • The 64-bit version is usually no faster.
  • Many users don't know they can get performance benefits from 64-bit software particularly if they have more than 4GB of RAM.
  • Microsoft and others still recommend that 64-bit Windows users install 32-bit software, e.g. MS Office. It is still most often the default download.
  • It is not the trivial programming task people assume it to be.
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Old 16. Sep 2015, 05:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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However that got me to wondering if there's a program that can check all the programs you have installed and advise you if they are 32 bit or 64 bit and then check if 64 bit versions are available.
I don't think we've that advanced as yet. On the other hand, you may be expecting software to do much for you.
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Old 16. Sep 2015, 06:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Epsilon, I don't know if this is what you want but there is a Tech Tip, How to Find Out if a Program or Executable File is 64-bit or 32-bit.
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