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September 27, 2012 5:33:33 AM

I don't know if this is the right place to ask but when i open my taskmanager every program is running with *32 behind it while im using 64 bit Windows 7. How do i fix this?

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September 27, 2012 5:42:03 AM

its fine, 64 bit os usually is compatible with 32 bit programs, but its not as much the other way around. If you ever ran into a 64 bit program, the 32 bit program wouldn't be able to run it.(as well as some programs are optimized with a 64 bit varient which can essentially be better than the 32 bit one, if it is an option)
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September 27, 2012 6:02:55 AM

I understand but everything is running in 32bit even the 64 bit programs. How do i fix it?
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 6:30:03 AM

No, the *32 indicate that the program/app was 32 bit .....

It's normal since not all program/app came with 64 bit.....

The 32bit programs runs fine in your 64bit OS...

*32 just at sign/marking by windows to different them (32bit prog / app) from 64bit program/app .... don't worry about it
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September 27, 2012 7:40:06 AM

Please understand that the 64-bit mode changes a lot of how a program works. Windows itself was recompiled for this (that is why you have 2 choices). All apps need the same development process. But not many apps actually benefit from 64-bit, thus not many developers invest in it. The best benefits are to number-crunching apps (think audio/video processing) but those tend to be developed for GPU computing as that brings even better improvements. Thus most apps are still 32-bit, which win64 supports (otherwise 64-bit would not have been considered for the masses). The 32-in-64 enviroment does not have big penalties (1% performance penalty maybe??? too small fo be actually measured).
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 8:04:17 AM

sponchie said:
I understand but everything is running in 32bit even the 64 bit programs. How do i fix it?


What apps do you have that are supposed to be 64bit?
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September 27, 2012 8:33:27 AM

Herr_Koos said:
What apps do you have that are supposed to be 64bit?



to my knowledge i installed everything using the 64 bit installer. Its like it magically changed to 32bit today.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 8:53:12 AM

Sorry for being pedantic, but please be specific. Name a few apps you installed using the 64bit installer.
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September 27, 2012 11:36:05 AM

Herr_Koos said:
Sorry for being pedantic, but please be specific. Name a few apps you installed using the 64bit installer.



Sorry for not being explicit enough. I think you missed the link i posted. Its an image of the programs running in 32bit that i installed in 64 bit such as origin etc.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 11:42:50 AM

The link is blocked by the proxy server at my office.

Are you referring to Origin the EA games client?
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 11:49:24 AM

one thing i know from the list is the firefox = 32 bit, the 64 bit version of FF is waterfox...

flashplayer plugin and plugin container is service from FF so they are normally 32 bit....

nusb3.. is usb3 driver thing also normal for 32bit...

for origin.exe i don't know if it had 64bit one...

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u had 4 explorer.exe, 3 are 32bit and 1 is 64bit. yeah it strange...
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 11:59:43 AM

That's why I was asking. There is no 64bit package available for most common applications. They may be listed as 64bit compatible, meaning they will work in a 64bit OS, but this doesn't mean they are themselves 64bit apps.
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September 27, 2012 1:12:33 PM

So you guys are saying that its normal? My game arma 2 is running in 32bit as well! This is so strange. Could you advise me a 64bit program so i can open it to see if it runs in 64 or 32.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 1:16:28 PM

I'm not familiar with this problems. but as I see it nothing is out of ordinary except...

the "explorer.exe"
there a 4 of them in the task manager Process...
3 of them are *32 and one of them is x64 (no marking)...

Maybe anyone can helps/add in there...
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 1:18:04 PM

anything that don't have *32 is running in 64bit.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 1:22:38 PM

sponchie said:
So you guys are saying that its normal? My game arma 2 is running in 32bit as well! This is so strange. Could you advise me a 64bit program so i can open it to see if it runs in 64 or 32.


Try Waterfox, it essentially 64bit Firefox.... (It small installer and free) :D 

Try and see if it run in 32bit mode (*32) or 64bit (no marking)..

If it does run in 32 bit mode (had a *32 marking) then we had a problems........ :bounce: 
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 1:25:59 PM

sponchie said:
So you guys are saying that its normal? My game arma 2 is running in 32bit as well! This is so strange. Could you advise me a 64bit program so i can open it to see if it runs in 64 or 32.



Yes, it's normal. Probably 99% of applications and games are still 32bit.

The biggest benefit of moving to a 64bit OS is that it allows you install and use more than 4GB RAM effectively. Also, native 64bit apps should in theory run better/faster than 32bit ones, but this is a bit unproven in my experience.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 1:31:30 PM

Herr_Koos said:
...... Also, native 64bit apps should in theory run better/faster than 32bit ones, but this is a bit unproven in my experience.....


+1

Agreed, I found VLC and MPC-HC 32bit is much better than their 64bit one .......... :lol:  (there also others...)

My guess, lack of x64 developer (since they as much as open-source)
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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 1:55:39 PM

Herr_Koos said it best: "99" of applications and games are still 32-bit".

You have a 64-bit operating system, but there is hardly any 64-bit software out there to run. If 64-bit Windows did not run 32-bit software, it would be a pretty useless operating system.
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September 27, 2012 3:45:01 PM

Waterfox.exe is running without the *32 so i think its nothing to worry about. But to be honest i can't remember seeing 32* before, maybe i never noticed it, for me it just started to appear today. Anyways thanks you all for your help
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September 27, 2012 3:45:27 PM

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a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 4:06:13 PM

Well, I'm sure it was nothing to worry about...

There is something that intrest me, about explorer.exe*32 never seen it myself (I'm also never actually pays detail at task manager :D  )
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September 27, 2012 5:24:30 PM

rdc85 said:
Well, I'm sure it was nothing to worry about...

There is something that intrest me, about explorer.exe*32 never seen it myself (I'm also never actually pays detail at task manager :D  )


lol yeah that was interesting but now its running normal again, i don't know why it switched to 32*.
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