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Laptop released with 64 bits of OS need 32 bits OS

by melissakatz / March 23, 2013 8:36 PM PDT

Laptop designed and released with 64 bits of OS need 32 bits OS. How to collect drivers if their official website doesn't provide it?

For example, DELL inspiron N4110 are released with 64 bits of OS but now we need 32 bits OS with this system.

What to do?

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Clarification Request
Need more detail.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2013 5:17 AM PDT

I've heard this 32 bit request too many times and in about 100 requests only one actually was correct. But it ran deeper than that. The app they wanted to use required 32 bits and "XP".

Since they were footing the bill we installed Windows 7 32 bit with all the drivers and it still failed just like the software author said it would.

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Re: OS
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 23, 2013 9:17 PM PDT

If Dell doesn't supply 32-bit drivers and you can't get them anywhere else (the maker of the components in stead of the company that assembles them) you're out of luck. Then your requirement changes to "we need another laptop".

Why do you need a 32 bit OS?


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need 32 bits OS
by melissakatz / March 24, 2013 2:17 PM PDT
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we need 32 bits OS simply because some of our softwares don't support 64 bits OS

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Almost all my software doesn't support 64 bit OSses.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2013 3:55 PM PDT
In reply to: need 32 bits OS

But they run anyway. Part of the neat part about 64 bit Windows.

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Have you tested it
by Jimmy Greystone / March 25, 2013 12:03 AM PDT
In reply to: need 32 bits OS

Have you tested it to be sure it doesn't work, or are you just making an assumption? With very few exceptions, usually programs that perform low level functions, all 32-bit software will work just fine on a 64-bit Windows.

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a Linux OS
by itsdigger / March 23, 2013 9:37 PM PDT
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You're probably stuck
by Jimmy Greystone / March 23, 2013 11:36 PM PDT

You're probably stuck with whatever came with the unit. As Kees mentioned, drivers would probably be the primary issue, along with possibly losing out on some other things. So also like Kees, I can't help but wonder why you think you need a 32-bit OS. The only real substantial difference aside from drivers, is the 64-bit version lacks any 16-bit support, which is ultimately a good thing. If you still have 16-bit programs, all of which should have been replaced probably over a decade ago if not sooner. So if that is the problem, then there's a great alternative in the form of VirtualBox paired with FreeDOS.

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It appears
by Bunnybear50 / March 24, 2013 7:09 AM PDT

That your example Dell Inspiron N41110 is not specific as to what application you want. If it is for Vista or ? What it comes down to is that it appears that the computer companies need to go about educating the consumer. My great grandfather would not know what his OS was either 32 or 64.. Calling into tech support or ordering online. If you as a consumer select Windows by itself and find when you receive it you needed Windows 64 bit then you have to eat that loss. It seems as if the consumer is the prey here and the manufacturer is the one collecting the profits. If all else fails get a tech or someone you know and trust that can research and help you.

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