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32-bit or 64-bit

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Hi,

 

My computer says it has a 64-bit operating system, I was wondering what this meant?

I have installed Microsoft Office on it already, however I installed the 32-bit version... is this okay?

 

Thanks in advance for your help,

 

jdshaw

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Hi,

 

Yes, it's normal - a lot of software will install as 32bit on a 64bit operating system, mainly for compatibility reasons.

 

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Hi,

 

Yes, it's normal - a lot of software will install as 32bit on a 64bit operating system, mainly for compatibility reasons.

 

Regards,

 

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Thanks for your rapid response!

So in future when given the option, which one should I select?

Is it always best to go for 32-bit, even if my computer is 64-bit?

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Hi,

 

You're welcome :generic:

 

If there's a 64bit option for the software you wish to install, you should generally choose this - some software ( an example would be security software ) will require this.

 

What you'll find is that some software will not give you the choice - usually, this means that it will install a 32bit version - a common example of this would be internet browsers ( although there are now 64bit options often available now ).

 

There's a good article on this subject on the following link.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/194119/why-are-most-programs-still-32-bit-on-a-64-bit-version-of-windows/

 

Best regards,

 

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