Leo, I’m still on dial-up and I’m quite happy with it for all I do on the net or with email. However, I recently bought a new desktop for my wife and this one comes with Windows 8.1 in 64-bit so most of the programs we use with Windows XP, 32-bit, do not work anymore with a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1. My wife mostly needs Microsoft Word and Excel, which is incorporated into the Windows Works program which we are willing to buy.
However, this program is about 800 MB large and to download it on dial—up would take about a week. The computer store told us that Microsoft would be selling this program on a CD and they gave us a telephone number to call. We called Microsoft; they’re telling us that they do not have a CD for this program. Now, what’s someone living in the sticks with only dial-up supposed to do? The store would not do the downloading and put it on a CD either. I never thought about the possibilities about 32-bit versus 64-bit when I bought the PC. Would you have any idea how to get around all of this?
There’s a little bit of confusion in the question and I want to clear up as much of it as I can.
I think that the problem has nothing to do with 32 versus 64-bit. Most 32-bit programs actually run just fine in 64-bit Windows. I use many 32-bit programs myself on my 64-bit installation of Windows 8.1.
The problem really might be some confusion around the program called Works.
Hi, Leo. Surely you get asked this many times a day. I’m using Windows Vista, 32-bit presently, and I want to move to a new Windows 7 or possibly Windows 8, 64-bit desktop computer. I’m backed up to an external USB hard drive. What is the best way to migrate so as not to lose my emails, bookmarks and so forth? Is it possible to migrate straight from the external hard drive to the new 64-bit OS? I know that not all things are compatible between 32 and 64-bit but I’m just wanting to make this as seamless as I can. Thanks in advance for your help.
Unfortunately, seamless is a word that I’m really reluctant to use when moving to a new machine. We can move most of what you want, but the steps to do so aren’t what I’d call “seamless”.
XP mode in Windows 8 doesn’t work. I tried it anyway. Microsoft only offered the Windows 7 XP mode. I have some old DOS games that either returned an error or crashed. I don’t know if it’s because I now have a 64-bit processor.
The problems that you’re experiencing could be happening for any number of reasons, but I suspect that those games are just fundamentally incompatible with Windows 8 and 64 bits.
Sure, XP mode isn’t available on Windows 8, but you can do something almost exactly like it.
I just installed a new board and CPU that is 64-bit capable, but I have a 32-bit operating system. Would it be worth the time to go to 64-bit? I have 16 GB of RAM that (from what I read) is not being accessed with the 32-bit OS. Is this something to be concerned about?
“Concerned” is hard for me to judge, as is whether or not it’s worth your time to go to 64-bit.
Ultimately, you have to ask yourself some tough questions. How much time would you feel like spending on this? How much money is involved? For instance, if you’re running Windows, you may have to buy a new copy of the operating system. How much do you use your computer?