might have installed 64-bit office on 32-bit system, seems to work

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by huge1, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. huge1

    huge1 MDL Novice

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    OK, this is probably the silliest/simplest/dumbest question you're likely to find on these forums, but here it is...

    Due to not carefully labling my downloads, I think I may have installed 64-bit Office 2010 Pro on a 32-bit Windows OS. The install (and activation) went fine, and I've used Word without problem. Is that possible, or does the fact that the install succeeded mean that I must have used the 32-bit installer? How can I tell which version I installed? And if I did install the wrong version, how would I be likely to see problems?

    I'm guessing that installing 32-bit Office on a 64-bit system would work, just not optimally - is that right?

    thanks, sorry for my newbishness...
     
  2. huge1

    huge1 MDL Novice

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    Or does the installer just do the right thing? I just looked insode the .iso and found folders labeled Office.en-us and Office64.en-us ... so I wonder if the installer just detects what kind of system you're on and chooses the right install path accordingly. Sorry I may have posted prematurely - I'll dig around and see if I can figure it out for myself, but if you have a simple confirmation one way or the other, throw it at me! Thanks...
     
  3. CRA2YHAVOK

    CRA2YHAVOK MDL Senior Member

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  4. huge1

    huge1 MDL Novice

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    Thanks! That answered it, and I didn't know about backstage, so double thanks.

    Turns out I installed 32-bit on all 3 machines, including my 64-bit Windows 7 box. So I guess I'll uninstall/reinstall ... there's not any reason to leave it with the 32-bit version, is there?

    thanks again for the quick and helpful reply
     
  5. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    That depend, if you use Office add-ins frequently you better stay with 32-bit as the 64-bit version probably won't support them... BTW, a simple google search would give you this answer in seconds