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

By Stephen Lilley

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.