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[Fixed] How to Run 64 Bit Programs on 32 Bit Windows 7/8/10

Updated on Sep 06, 2019 by Brithny to Backup and Recovery

How can I use a 64-bit program or application on a 64-bit operating system? Is it possible to run my 64-bit programs on 32-bit Windows 7/8/10? The page gives you the comprehensive answers. Follow the details below and run your 64-bit programs or games!

Is it possible to run my 64-bit programs on 32-bit Windows 7/8/10

Case 1. "As the title says, is there a way of running a 64-bit program on a 32-bit system? If not, is there an emulator or is there a way of upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit for free? 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!"

Most Windows users have complained about this issue. Microsoft gives them the 32-bit version of Windows 7/8/10 while some of the applications can't run on your PC just because they are the 64-bit version. 

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

Solutions to run 64-bit programs on 32-bit OS:

Solution 1. Download the 32-bit version of your program
Solution 2. Upgrade your Windows7/8/10 from 32 bit to 64 bit
Solution 3. Run a virtual machine

Solution 1. Download the 32-bit version of your program

If you want to avoid difficulties or other problems, this would be the easiest choice. Just search the Internet, and you will find the 32-bit version of your program. Simply download it and you can run it immediately.

However, some games or other programs may not have the 32-bit version. Or you just don't want to waste money to buy the 32-bit version of the program again, you must try the next solution. Convert your 32-bit operating system to 64-bit and then you can run your 64-bit programs.

Solution 2. Upgrade your Windows 7/8/10 from 32 bit to 64 bit 

There are three phases to convert your Windows 7/8/10 from 32 bit to 64 bit:

Phase 1. Be sure that your PC is 64-bit Capable

Step 1. Open the "Start" menu.

Step 2. Search for "System Information".

Step 3. Press "Enter".

Step 4. Look for "System Type". 

Step 5. If you see x64-based PC, then your computer is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. If you see x86-based PC, then you can't install another architecture of the operating system.

check your system type

Phase 2. Backup important files before Windows 64-bit upgrade

Upgrade to 64-bit may cause data loss. Do remember back up data before taking actions. 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. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File Backup".

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

click file backup to back up files

Step 2. Select the files that you want to back up.

select the file type to back up

Step 3. Select a destination to save your backup of the selected files.

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

select the destination to save your backups

Advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

information about advanced settings

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.

what is schedule backup

Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 

backup options

Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Advanced backup settings are for reference only but not a prerequisite for backup.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

Phase 3. Upgrade to Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Go to the Microsoft official site download the Windows 10 media creation tool and install the 64-bit Windows 7/8/10.

If you need details, please refer to Upgrade Windows 10 from 32 bit to 64 bit without losing data.

Solution 3. Run a virtual machine

Virtual machines allow you to run an operating system in an app window on your desktop that behaves like a full, separate computer. You can use them play around with different operating systems, run software your main operating system can’t, and try out apps in a safe, sandboxed environment. 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.

There are several different virtual machine programs you can choose from VirtualBox, VMware Player, VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop. Once you’ve decided on a VM app and gotten it installed, 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.