View Full Version : Running 32 bit on a 64 bit machine

Travelling Matt
01-01-2010, 04:35 AM
I hope this isnt a stupid question but is it possible to run 32 bit versions of LW on a 64 bit machine?

I don't use LW as my main 3D app and therefore I am still running version 8.5 and 9 which suits my needs, but I have to get a new workstation that will probably be a 64 bit machine.

Is it the case that these older versions will run on a 64 bit machine but just wont utilise the 64 bit?


01-01-2010, 05:31 AM
Yes, no problems.
I've got everything from 7.5 onwards running on XP64.


Travelling Matt
01-01-2010, 06:27 AM
Thanks great.....thanks Mike

01-01-2010, 08:39 AM
Most things will run in 32 bit mode on a 64 bit machine if there's not a 64 bit version of the software. Some people will run 32 bit Lightwave so that they can still use some plug-ins which have not been ported yet to 64 bit. I've only found a few exceptions of software that will not run with my 64 bit version of Windows.

Travelling Matt
01-01-2010, 12:45 PM
Thanks HR....

01-01-2010, 07:27 PM
Just on a side note, Lightwave 8.5 users got a 64bit version of it for free when the app was in its prime and patches were coming out. I have Lightwave 8.5 64bit in my Lightwave roughwork folder which I remember downloading when it was released. But I've never used it as I don't currently have a 64bit computer.