The simple answer: will 32 bit games run on Vista 64 bit?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Guy, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Guy

    Guy Guest

    I never see just a simple question with a simple answer.

    Before Vista was released there was talk that 32 bit games would not run on
    the 64 bit version.

    Is this true or false?

    If true then do you require addons/patches for Vista 64bit? Yes/No
    Additionally, do you need patches to run 32 bit games on Vista 64bit? Yes/No

    If yes (and if you know) Does Tripwire's game Red Orchastra ostfront (Played
    through Steam) require anything?
    Guy, Aug 29, 2007
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    stradlinho Guest

    any 32bit application (inc games) will run on 64
    stradlinho, Aug 29, 2007
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  3. Guy

    Andy [YaYa] Guest, click on support and look for Vista issues, I'm
    sure the question has been answered there, but as for the quesiton "Will
    32-bit programs run in a 64-bit enviornment?", the answer is...

    it depends, but more than likely "True".

    But to answer your questions, "Before Vista was released there was talk that
    32 bit games would not run on the 64 bit version. Is this true or false?"

    the answer is, "False"

    "If true then do you require addons/patches for Vista 64bit? Yes/No"

    the answer is, "No, patches are not 'required'.", but since answer #1 was
    false this answer is invalid.

    "Additionally, do you need patches to run 32 bit games on Vista 64bit?

    the answer is, "No, you do not "need" patches to run 32-bit in 64-bit. Would
    you benefit from a 64-bit version of a game in a 64-bit enviornement, Yes."

    I suggest Google for explinations, unless you would like me to elaborate a
    little. I'm sorry I took some liberties in the last question.

    Andy [YaYa], Aug 29, 2007
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    garfield Guest


    actually it will run to 64 bit since 32 bit is older version.
    garfield, Aug 29, 2007
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    RiverDog Guest

    In my experience most, but not all 32 bit games will run under Vista 64 bit.
    For example, Gothic 3 runs poorly under 64 bit Vista but fine under 32-bit
    Vista. Half-life 2 and HL Episode One run under Vista 64, but with some
    crashes. There is a known incompatiblity there. Sometimes you will find, as
    well, that user account control interfers with some games. It is very
    important to run the latest graphic card driver updates to avoid problems
    but even this is not a guarantee. This means even using the beta version as
    you need to do with Bioshock (nvidia driver).

    Sorry, no easy answer.
    RiverDog, Aug 29, 2007
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Because the 64-bit OS emulates the 32-bit instructions, I know. Was going to
    say something like 64-bit runs 32-bit apps, but if you can get a 64-bit
    version of the app it'll run "better" (hate that word).

    Second, don't call me "guy,,", cat..
    Andy [YaYa], Aug 29, 2007
  7. Guy

    Guy Guest

    Actually this answers all my questions, let me restate my new found

    Microsoft did its usual sorry job of rushing something to market without
    enough testing so that as long as the moon is not full and Mars is on the far
    side of the sun you have a 50/50 chance that Vista 64 will be backward
    compatible enough to run your 32 bit game with only a few crashes a day. If
    your very lucky the game manufacturer will find a way to get around
    Microsoft's half @ss methods and get you running until 64 bit games become
    available. Mostly it will be a crap shoot.

    Is that essentially it? ;-)
    Guy, Aug 30, 2007
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Na, I'd say your chances of running any "game" or program under Vista x64
    with "zero" problems or tweaking, is about 90%. With Tweaking about 97%, in
    fact most people I've talked to who were running Vista 64-bit, and not
    realizing they were running the 64-bit version (HP sells a Quad Core at Best
    Buy with Ultimate x64 installed), had no issues with compatibility.

    If you have problems running programs it's because Vista has some new stuff
    that older programs need a little coaxing to understand what's going on. As
    for crashing my Vista box has been online for a month or so without
    restarting (sleeping only). Of course I'm not running x64, so your milage
    may vary.

    MS did 3 years of dev time on Vista, it was hardly rushed. If they wanted to
    rush it, it would of been released before Christmas of 2006 instead of in
    Early 2007.

    Andy [YaYa], Aug 30, 2007
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    Gaza Guest

    Running Vista 64 bit, & the only game I could not get to run was 'Act of
    will it did not run on XP 64bit as well, so it's not Vista

    I installed MOHAA Spearhead last night to play again & it runs great, even
    then it did on XP.

    Reading some of the posts seem as most users that are having problems are
    that have got new brand name computers, & most of the ones that say, my one
    great, have whiteboxs ones, are the brand name using crap parts?

    Thank god we can build our own!!!
    Gaza, Aug 31, 2007
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    Paul Smith Guest

    Indeed, you pay for what you get. The reason PCs are so cheap now compared
    with ten years ago is the quality of the hardware has dropped. Luckily we
    can build are own and get quality parts, unlike a certain other platform.

    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.

    *Remove nospam. to reply by e-mail*
    Paul Smith, Sep 1, 2007
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