Like it or not, Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system is 64-bit only. This means that only PCs with a recent 64-bit processor can run Windows 11. In addition, because 32-bit Windows 11 is not available, PC users running a 32-bit version of Windows 11 cannot directly upgrade to Windows 11.
Since Windows 11 is offered in 64-bit type only, many PC users wonder if their favorite 32-bit apps can run on Windows 11.
Can I install 32-bit programs on Windows 11 64-bit?
The answer is yes. Windows 11, although available in 64-bit version only, supports 32-bit or x86 applications. In fact, Windows 11 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit programs.
A 32-bit application can be installed and run on a 64-bit Windows 11 installation without any issues. However, a 64-bit application is compatible with 64-bit Windows 11 installation only. The same was the case with earlier versions of Windows as well.
In short, Windows 11 64-bit version is compatible with 32-bit apps. A 64-bit Windows 11 means nothing, but it’s compatible with 64-bit processors, and it has nothing to do with 32-bit applications.
Should you install 32-bit apps on 64-bit Windows 11?
Well, if one of your favorite programs is available only in the 32-bit version, you should be able to install and run it on Windows 11 without any issues. However, if a program is available in 64-bit type as well, it is a good idea to install the 64-bit version of the program on a 64-bit Windows 11 for optimal performance and security. This is because a 32-bit program cannot take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture.
Needless to say, programs that are compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 are compatible with Windows 11 as well.
Check if a program is 32-bit or 64-bit
Now, if you are wondering how to know if an installed program is 32-bit or 64-bit, it’s easy. Refer to our how to find out if a program is 32-bit or 64-bit in Windows for detailed directions.
How do you tell if a program is 64-bit even before installing?
A 64-bit program is usually labeled as the 64-bit version. If a program does not mention anything about 64-bit, it is most likely a 32-bit application.
Most of the popular programs such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Office, and Photoshop are available in 64-bit. You pay a visit to the developer’s website to check if the program is available in 64-bit.