Will my software run under 64-bit Windows?

  Pineman100 14:19 01 Oct 12

I'm considering buying a new computer in the next couple of months. I currently run Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

I'm thinking about opting for Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-bit on my new machine, but I don't know what the ramifications of this would be in terms of running my existing software.

My principal packages are:-

  • MS Office Home & Student 2007
  • Serif Drawplus X4
  • Serif Pageplus X4
  • Serif Webplus X5
  • Norton Internet Security 2012
  • Ashampoo Burning Studio 10

I realise that nobody is likely to be able to give me specific answers about all those packages, but please could you let me know generally whether 32-bit software will run satisfactorily on a 64-bit machine?

Also, I presume that my thousands of data files will all open OK?

Many thanks for any and all advice on this topic.

  Pine Man 14:28 01 Oct 12

Hi Dad!

The majority of 32bit software runs ok on 64bit Windows 7 it just puts it in a separate folder in Program Files and runs it as 32bit.

  Pine Man 14:29 01 Oct 12

...and I should have added that anything that runs in Windows7 should run in Windows8.

  Forum Editor 17:16 01 Oct 12

As Pine Man says,

All of your software will run smoothly in a 64bit environment. Your computer's 64bit CPU is designed to handle both 32bit and 64bit programs, as is the 64bit version of Windows 7.

  Pineman100 19:05 01 Oct 12

Many thanks to you both. Just what I hoped to hear!

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