How to Run 32 Bit Programs on 64 Bit on Windows 11

If you want to know if you can run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit system, the answer is yes. Even though a 64-bit system can handle more tasks and do them faster, some Windows 11 apps can only be used on 32-bit systems.

This guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how to run 32-bit apps on 64-bit Windows 11.

Enable 32-Bit Application

Type Control Panel in your Windows search bar and select Open.

Select Programs. Ensure that the View by is set to Category.

Under Programs & Features, click on Turn Windows features on or off.

Click on Internet Formation Services to expand it.

Select World Wide Web Services.

Choose Application Development Features.

Lastly, click on CGI and click OK to save changes.

Type Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager in your Windows search bar and select Open.

Double-click on the Desktop to expand it.

Click on Application Pools on the left side.

Right-click on DefaultAppPool, and select Advanced Settings.

Look for Enable 32-bit Applications under General and select True from the drop down.

Press OK.

Directly Install 32-Bit App on 64-Bit System

In general, running 32-bit programs on a 64-bit computer is a lot like running them on a 32-bit computer.

You can use a CD or DVD to install software. But if you download it from the Internet, it may automatically check your system and suggest the 64-bit program you need. If this happens to you, choose the 32-bit version no matter what. A 32-bit program can be installed on a 64-bit PC in the same way it is installed on a 32-bit PC.


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