[New] How to Install and Run 64 Bit Programs on 32 Bit Windows 11/10/8/7

Is there a way of running 64 bit programs on 32 bit Windows computer? Can I install 64 bit software on 32 bit Windows 7/8/10 32 bit? This page offers two solutions that you can follow to run 64bit programs, software and even games in 32 bit computers successfully.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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This page gives you a direct answer to whether you can install 64-bit programs, software, and even games on a 32-bit operating system like Windows 10, 8, 7, etc. If you have the same needs, follow the content navigation below to get your answers now: 

Quick Navigation Step-by-step Guide
1. Download and Install 32-bit Programs Open Windows Store and search the programs...Full steps
2. Upgrade Windows from 32-Bit to 64-Bit Download the Windows media creation tool...Full steps
3. Use VMware to Run 64-Bit Programs Install VMware, and download the 64-bit Windows ISO file...Full steps

Can I Run 64-Bit Software on a 32-Bit System?

Case 1. "Is there a way of running a 64-bit program on a 32-bit system? If not, is there a way of upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit for free so that I can run the 64-bit software? NOTE: I am using Windows 10."

Case 2. "Recently, I have downloaded a new game. The game is 64 bit and it costs 40$. However, my Windows 10 is 32 bit and I can't run my game on it! How can I run my 64-bit games on my 32 bit Windows? I really really need help!"

According to many Windows users, mostly, when they tend to install 64-bit software on their 32-bit computers, Microsoft gives them a warning, telling them, " This app can't run on your PC. To find a version of your PC, check with the software publisher". 

Can't run app on computer

Basically, due to the limit of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems, you can't run software, applications, and programs on Windows 10/8/7, even Vista, XP that doesn't match its version.

In a word, you can't install and run 64-bit software on a 32-bit computer, or vice versa. But sometimes, if the 64-bit operating system is compatible with 32-bit, you can install a 32-bit app on the 64-bit computer.

So is it possible to fix this issue? Continue reading and you'll find answers here.

3 Solutions to Run 64-Bit Programs on 32-Bit Windows 7/8/10

Here we have three solutions to help you run your 64-bit programs on 32 bit Windows 7/8/10:

  1. #1. Download and Install 32-Bit Version of Program on 32-Bit OS - Normal Way
  2. #2. Upgrade Windows 10/8/7 from 32-Bit to 64-Bit - Hottest Choice
  3. #3. Use VMware to Run 64-Bit Programs, Application, and Software - Alternative

Note that the provided methods work in different situations. Please pick up the right one to resolve your problem.

IMPORTANT: Backup Important Files on 32-Bit OS

As for upgrading 32-bit OS to 64-bit OS, installing 64-bit programs on a 32-bit computer, or daily operations on computers may cause data loss, so do remember to back up your vital data and even the OS before taking action.

EaseUS Todo Backup allows all Windows users to back up their data under Windows 10/8/7 etc with simple clicks. Download it and backup terabytes of data easily.

Step 1. To begin the backup process, click the Select backup contents button.

create file backup step1

Step 2. Four data backup categories are listed: File, Disk, OS, and Mail.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Lists of both local and network files are shown on the left-hand side of the screen. Expanding the directory so that you can choose the files to back up.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the guidance on the screen and choose the place where you want to store the back up.

File backup step4

Make sure that the backup is encrypted and set the backup schedule by clicking Options in Backup Options. You can also choose to start the backup at a certain time in Backup Scheme by clicking Options. There are many other customizable options that you can look into.

Backup options

Step 5. You can store the backup file either on your computer, in EaseUS's cloud service, or on a network-attached storage device (NAS).

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers store backup copies of their files on a third-party cloud drive or on the company's own cloud storage.

If you want to back up your data on a third-party cloud drive, select Local Drive and scroll down to add Cloud Device. Then fill in your account information.

Backup to cloud
Click EaseUS Cloud, then sign up and log in with your EaseUS account if you wish to store backup files to EaseUS' own cloud storage service.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click on Backup Now to start a backup.  When the backup process is done, it will display as a card on the left-hand side of the screen. A right-click will let you see more about how to handle the backup job in more depth.

File backup step7

Solution 1. Download and Install 32-bit Version of Programs on 32-Bit OS

Applies to: Resolve software compatibility issue, download and install 32-bit programs and applications on 32-Bit Windows 7/8/10.

If you want to avoid OS compatibility issues, the best solution is to install the right version of software and applications on the right version of your operating system:

  • On 32-Bit OS: Install 32-Bit Version of Programs
  • On 64-Bit OS: Install 32-Bit Version of Applications

Here are the steps of how to download 32-bit programs on your 32-bit computers:

Normally, if you download programs from the Windows Store, it will automatically list the 32-bit of programs for you. 

Step 1. Open Windows Store and search the programs, software, applications that you need.

Step 2. Download and install the found application, program, software on your 32-bit computer.

Step 3. After downloading, run and activate the downloaded 32-bit of apps on your PC.

You can also search the Internet or contact the software producer so as to find the 32-bit version of your program. Simply download it and you can run it immediately.

Solution 2. Upgrade Windows 10/8/7 from 32-Bit to 64-Bit 

Applies to: Upgrade 32-Bit of OS to 64-Bit so to install and run 64-Bit Programs.

As some games or programs may not have the 32-bit version. Or you don't want to waste money to purchase a 32-bit version of the program again.

In this case, you can try this way out - to convert the 32-bit operating system to 64-bit. After this, you can install and run the 64-bit programs. Now, you may go through the following two phases to convert and upgrade your Windows 7/8/10 from 32 bit to 64 bit:

Phase 1. Check if Your PC Is 64-bit Compatible

Before you upgrade 32-bit OS to 64-bit, you need to confirm that your computer is compatible with 64-bit in hardware, processor, CPU, driver, etc.

#1. Check if PC Is 64-Bit Capable 

Step 1. Open the search menu and search for System Information.

Step 2. Click to open System Information.

Step 3. Click "System Type" to check if your computer is capable of running the 64-bit version of Windows. 

check your system type

If you see x64-based PC, then your computer is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. If you see an x86-based PC, then you can't install 64-bit OS on the current computer.

#2. Check if Processor Supports Windows 64-Bit

Step 1. Open Settings, click on "System" > "About".

Step 2. Check if the Installed RAM is 2GB or higher.

If the RAM is less than 2GB, we suggest you stay with 32-bit OS.

Step 3. Check if the System type details.

If it reads as the x64-based processor, it means that you can upgrade your computer from 32-bit to 64-bit.

Check Windows processor to confirm if computer supports 64-bit OS.

#3. Determine Drivers Compatibility

Besides the processor, it also matters to confirm other components, like graphics and sound cards, disk drivers, etc., that are compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows OS.

To do so, you need:

  • If you are running Windows 10 32-bit and the hardware is new, they are likely compatible with the 64-bit version of drivers.
  • Check your device manufacturer's website to confirm if the components have drivers from 64-bit.

After making sure that your PC is relatively compatible with 64-bit of OS, you can now move to the next phases. 

Phase 2. Upgrade to Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Here, we'll take installing Windows 10 as an example to show you the whole process of upgrading the 32-bit OS to 64-bit. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Go to the Microsoft official site to download the Windows 10 media creation tool.

Download Windows 10 media creation tool

Step 2. Connect an empty USB with at least 8GB to your PC.

Step 3. Double-click to run MediaCreationTool.exe follow the on-screen guidelines to create the Windows 10 64-bit Installation media on USB.

Create USB installation media

Step 4. Restart PC and set to boot the computer from the USB installation media.

Step 5. Start installing Windows 10 64-bit on your 32-bit computer by setting the language, edition, architecture, etc.

Set to install Windows 10 64-bit.

Step 6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installing Windows 64-bit OS on your 32-bit computer. 

Note that, after the installation, remember to check if your data are safe on the computer. 
If you lost precious data, you can immediately recover lost data from backup using EaseUS Todo Backup.

Solution 3. Use VMware to Run 64-Bit Programs, Application, and Software

Applies to: Running 64-bit OS on a 32-bit computer without reinstalling Windows OS on a VMware machine.

Virtual machines allow you to run an operating system on your desktop computer without replacing the old operating system.

In a word, you can keep both the old 32-bit OS and run a 64-bit OS on the same computer via a VMware machine. With a 64-bit OS running in the VMware machine, you can install and run all types of 64-bit programs, applications, and software on the 32-bit computer without any issues.

If you are running a 32-bit OS on 64-bit hardware, then you can do it with VMWare. A 64-bit guest can run on a 32-bit host if the hardware supports it.

Step 1. Pick up and install a suitable virtual machine.

There are several different virtual machine programs you can choose from VirtualBox, VMware Player, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop.

VMware is widely used by Windows users.

Step 2. Download the 64-bit Windows ISO file and run the VMware machine.

Step 3.  Select to install the 64-bit version of OS.

Step 4. Set a hard drive to install the 64-bit OS on.

You'll be guided through the process by a wizard that first asks which OS you'll be installing. Just choose the 64-bit version OS, and follow the virtual machine's direction.

Step 5. Restart the VMware machine once you complete installing the OS. 

Install 64-bit OS on 32-bit computer via VMware

Step 6. Download and install to run the 64-bit programs, apps, and software on your computer. 

After this, you can run the 64-bit programs on your 32-bit computer then.

To Wrap It Up

On this page, we explained why Windows doesn't allow you to directly run a 64-bit program on a 32-bit computer. We also collected 3 resolutions to help you fix this issue.

Note that no matter which method you decide to use, remember to create a full backup of your important data in advance. EaseUS Todo Backup is good for you to try.

For those who want to stay with Windows 32-bit, downloading and installing a 32-bit version of applications on the computer is the best way out.

If you are familiar with a VMware machine, installing a 64-bit of Windows OS via a VMware machine in your 32-bit computer is also workable. Then, you can download and run the 64-bit programs on the 32-bit computer.

If your computer supports 64-bit, you can also clean install 64-bit OS on the 32-bit computer. This will be the safest way of making 64-bit programs running smoothly on a 32-bit computer without any issue.


Is there a way to run 64-bit programs on 32-bit?

It is a pity that Windows doesn't allow you to run a 64-bit program on a 32-bit computer directly. But sometimes, if the 64-bit operating system is compatible with 32-bit, you can install a 32-bit app on the 64-bit computer.

How can I change my Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit without formatting?

As we mentioned in the post, you can upgrade Windows 7 from 32-bit to 64 bit with the following steps:

  • 1. Check if PC Is 64-Bit Capable 
  • 2. Check if Processor Supports Windows 64-Bit
  • 3. Determine Drivers Compatibility

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