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AuthorTopic: Is it ppssible to install a 64 bit driver on a 32 bit OS?  (Read 852 times)

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Offline Ral-Clan

Is it ppssible to install a 64 bit driver on a 32 bit OS?
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:33:40 PM »
While trying to diagnose a video problem on my Windows XP SP3 computer, I was checking the driver versions of all my hardware.  While checking for updates of my sound-card driver (Delta audiophile 192) I saw that the manufacturer listed the driver version that I have installed as being for Windows XP 64-bit computers.  

I was surprised at this because I do not have a 64-bit installation of WindowsXP (nor a 64 bit CPU).  Instead I have a 32-bit CPU/installation of Windows and I have been using this driver for over a year without any apparent problems.

There is an older driver listed by the manufactuer as being available for Windows XP 32-bit computers.

...have I done something that could cause me problems by installed a 64-bit driver on a 32-bit system?  I didn't even think it was possible to install a 64 bit driver on a 32 bit system!

Thanks...
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Offline Argo

Re: Is it ppssible to install a 64 bit driver on a 32 bit OS?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011, 11:16:27 PM »
No, you can't. Now if the driver is listed as 64bit it will only work on the 64 bit versions of an OS that it is listed as compatible with.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions

The driver could be listing itself or being recognized as the wrong version.
I'd uninstall it and install a listed compatible version
 

Offline amigakid

Re: Is it ppssible to install a 64 bit driver on a 32 bit OS?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 12:03:52 AM »
Nope, only 32 bit drivers will work.  If you need a driver for an HP and can only seem to find a 64 bit version try the 32 bit universal drivers.
 

Offline Ral-Clan

Re: Is it ppssible to install a 64 bit driver on a 32 bit OS?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 12:53:16 AM »
Hmmm....I guess that the manufacturer has listed the driver wrongly, since it is clearly working on my 32 bit system.  

I have contacted the manufacturer (M-Audio) with this question directly.
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