How to Install 32-Bit Programs on 64-Bit Systems

by Stephen Lilley

If you have a 64-bit operating system on your computer, it doesn't mean you can use only 64-bit computer software. Your operating system still has the ability to run 32-bit programs through "emulation"--essentially, your computer will trick the program into thinking its running a 32-bit operating system. Because of this, installing a 32-bit program on a 64-bit operating system is as simple as installing any regular computer program.


Place the installation CD for your 32-bit computer program in your computer's optical disc drive. This can be a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW drive or some other variation.


Wait a few seconds. The installation utility for the program will automatically pop up on your monitor.


Click "Next." This will advance you through the installation program.


Continue to click "Next" until you can only click "Finish," "Install" or some other variation (this will change depending on the program). Click this button and the 32-bit program will install itself on your computer.


Restart your computer after the setup program has finished installing your new 32-bit software. This will complete the overall installation and allow you to use the program when your computer restarts.

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Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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