Can you trick 32 bit OS into 64 bit OS?

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#1 Posted by genius2365 (387 posts) -
I was wondering if there was a way to trick a 64 bit program to run under a 32 bit OS. I'm asking because I have Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit and I really want to try out the Battlefield 4 beta, which requires 64 bit. Reinstalling my entire OS and programs isn't really worth it at the moment, especially if I do a clean install of Windows 7/8 a year from now.
#2 Posted by soolkiki (1770 posts) -

Nope. Sorry.

#3 Posted by Gen007 (10955 posts) -

nope there's a fundamentally different way the programs work especially regards to memory space. Which is why 64 bit stuff is incompatible with 32 bit stuff. So you cant fake it.

#4 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13609 posts) -

1) save your home folder and every subfolder on an external drive

2) reinstall vista 64 bit

3)...

4) profit

 

Total time taken: a few hours.

#5 Posted by kraken2109 (13070 posts) -

Temporarily dual boot and use the 30 day period of windows without a key? At least I think it's 30 days...

#6 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (16326 posts) -

Temporarily dual boot and use the 30 day period of windows without a key? At least I think it's 30 days...

kraken2109

I agree. Dual-booting 32-bit Vista and 64-bit win 7 is the best option.

#7 Posted by joseph_mach (3596 posts) -

You could always boot different versions of Windows from a thumb drive as well.  Just set the boot priority in your BIOS to usb and you could boot just about any version you wanted.

#8 Posted by Dom_Hawk_basic (404 posts) -

Would a VM work? Or does the host have to be 64bit for the VM to hav eaccess to that?

#9 Posted by genius2365 (387 posts) -
Thanks for all the advice. I recently asked my dad why he never bothered to install the 64 bit OS to begin with, and he said that some of the drivers for my hardware were not available for 64 bit OS. I did a quick search on my motherboard ( GIGABYTE EP45-UD3L) and found 64 bit drivers. Could I be missing something? Also, based on what I've read, it seems that I need to open up a new partition to install another OS. Once I do so, will I still be able to access content from the hard drives, or will it be like a clean install?
#10 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -
Yes, you can trick your 32 bit OS into thinking that it's a 64 bit OS, but it's not easy. You must be very persuasive. You must think like a military drill instructor. You need to break it down, confuse it, recondition it, and rebuild it back up as a 64 bit OS. You must make it truly believe that it has changed. Like teaching a puppy to walk on two legs, it will not be easy... EDIT: Sorry, I'm on pain meds after my surgery :P
#11 Posted by MHzBurglar (13 posts) -

Thanks for all the advice. I recently asked my dad why he never bothered to install the 64 bit OS to begin with, and he said that some of the drivers for my hardware were not available for 64 bit OS. I did a quick search on my motherboard ( GIGABYTE EP45-UD3L) and found 64 bit drivers. Could I be missing something? Also, based on what I've read, it seems that I need to open up a new partition to install another OS. Once I do so, will I still be able to access content from the hard drives, or will it be like a clean install?genius2365

Sounds like he was thinking of or was put-off by Windows XP 64-bit.  The driver support for that was TERRIBLE, but that's not the case for Vista/7/8 64-bit.  For those that didn't know much about the subject at the time, there was a general mentality of "64-bit sucks for drivers" going around.  Might be a case of that.  Either that or you have some special proprietary hardware sitting on one of your PCI/PCIe slots (maybe like an old TV capture card or something) where the manufacturer never wrote a 64-bit WDM certified driver for it.

You won't be able to do an in-place Windows upgrade to a 64-bit edition from a 32-bit, but as previously suggested, either carve out a partition on your hard drive or install a second hard drive and dual-boot your computer with Windows 7 64-bit.  Windows 7 has a 30-day grace period before it forces you to enter a key and activate, and even after that it'll still work without activation but just nag you about activating when you boot up and turn your wallpaper black for another 60 days or so.  More than enough time for the beta.

#12 Posted by roulettethedog (10978 posts) -

Thanks for all the advice. I recently asked my dad why he never bothered to install the 64 bit OS to begin with, and he said that some of the drivers for my hardware were not available for 64 bit OS. I did a quick search on my motherboard ( GIGABYTE EP45-UD3L) and found 64 bit drivers. Could I be missing something? Also, based on what I've read, it seems that I need to open up a new partition to install another OS. Once I do so, will I still be able to access content from the hard drives, or will it be like a clean install?genius2365

I had no program compatibility problems going from Vista 32 to Wins 7 64 bit. Having 2 partions is no biggie. You can boot into either drive and access folders from both drives. Even better is to buy a cheap hard drive and have 2 drives, so one can be used as a back-up.

#13 Posted by Cyberdot (3538 posts) -

No.

Why are you using 32-bit OS these days? Do yourself a favour and get 64-bit version of Windows 7.

#14 Posted by genius2365 (387 posts) -

No.

Why are you using 32-bit OS these days? Do yourself a favour and get 64-bit version of Windows 7.

Cyberdot
Well, I'm probably going to get myself a new computer a year from now, and it would probably be simpler if I do a clean install on the new computer of all the programs I need (unless it's simpler to install vista 64 on another partition, install all programs in 64 bit, and then do a direct upgrade from Vista to Windows 7/8 ?). Based on what I've read, I think I'm going to open a new partition on my hard drive and install the 64 bit version of Windows Vista. I do have Windows 7 and 8 ( my Dad picked up Windows 8 for 40$ and it's not that bad), but I think it would be best to wait until I make my new computer to upgrade my OS. What do you guys think?
#15 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13609 posts) -

Thanks for all the advice. I recently asked my dad why he never bothered to install the 64 bit OS to begin with, and he said that some of the drivers for my hardware were not available for 64 bit OS. I did a quick search on my motherboard ( GIGABYTE EP45-UD3L) and found 64 bit drivers. Could I be missing something? Also, based on what I've read, it seems that I need to open up a new partition to install another OS. Once I do so, will I still be able to access content from the hard drives, or will it be like a clean install?genius2365

Tell your dad he is living about 6 years in the past.