Finding 32-bit Control Panel utilities on 64-bit Windows

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 31 July 2012 / Last Updated on 31 July 2012]

How to find 32-bit Control Panel utilities on a 64-bit Windows installation.

Windows 7 x64 installations typically include a few 32-bit Control Panel utilities, but you probably won't see them in the default Category view of Control Panel.  To find these utilities, switch your Control Panel to Icon view (either large or small) and look for utilities whose names have "(32-bit)" appended to them.  Examples I see on the computer I'm currently working on include Flash Player (32-bit), Mail (32-bit) and Sound Effect Manager (32-bit).  Others like ODBC (32-bit) may be present on some computers as well.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.


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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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