I'm kind of in a hole. i have a 32 and 64 bit system and can't find a browser that supports 64 bit operating systems. If you have any recommendations leave a comment below along with the link Thanks, Brandon
asked Jun 28 '11 at 00:13
64-bit OSes are compatible with 32-bit software...what's your problem?
answered Jun 28 '11 at 00:25
I believe you can use Internet Explorer 64 bit that is assuming you are using Windows. I've also heard that Chrome has been recently ported to 64 bit, but only for Linux, so you may have to wait a while for a Windows version. As for firefox, they're working on a 64 bit version for the next big release.
answered Jun 28 '11 at 00:23
I really wish the original firefox would be for windows 7 64-bit...
answered Jun 28 '11 at 00:24
I'm assuming you are using Windows.
Internet Explorer has had a 64-bit version since about 64-bit XP, but no other browsers I know of have that long of a history. Because of that it should be the browser that works best with a 64-bit OS. The common arguments I hear about IE is that it's slow and unsafe. IE9 with the hardware acceleration and the redesigned interface is about as different from IE8 as Chrome is; it looks like a new browser, not an upgrade from older versions. I don't remember exactly where, but on an article about a hacker convention to break into modern browsers they said IE was the only browser to correctly use ASLR (if I got the term correct). The other thing I've heard is ActiveX controls can do anything, but that's if the user is dumb enough to ignore warnings and install junk. There are exploits for some plugins, but the exploits usually work on every browser with the plugin.
With WOW (Windows on Windows) all 32-bit software (that doesn't use hard coded file paths) should run the same as it does on a native 32-bit OS. If you are having problems then you can safely say it's not the OS architecture, but something with the browser, component, or plugin.
If you really dislike IE and really want a 64-bit browser then I have heard of a few unofficial ports of Firefox, but don't expect much from it. Currently the only popular 64-bit browser for Windows is IE.
One warning about using a 64-bit browser is that Flash (and possibly a few other plugins) either have horrible support or don't work at all. In the case of Flash it's version 10 now while version 10.3 is released of the 32-bit version; and the 64-bit version has now security issues, but not patches.
In short: your problem with the 32-bit browser is not the 64-bit OS, just reinstall it, find the issue, or find a different 32-bit browser, unless you can live without plugins or with security issues then get 64-bit IE.
answered Jun 28 '11 at 19:24