Recently, when I downloaded a new program (Virtual Desktops Enhancer), it did not run and instead Windows showed up an error – “This app can’t run on your PC”. I was totally puzzled at this because it should be running on my Windows 10 system as mentioned by the program description. But upon close inspection, I realized that I was trying to run the program meant for the 64-bit version of Windows on a 32-bit system. So if you are also experiencing such a problem, then you simply have to download a 32-bit or 64-bit version of that program for your PC.
How to know if your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit?
It is very simple really. You can use the freeware 64-bit Checker to determine the version of Windows you are running. It will tell you if you are using a 32-bit version of Windows or 64-bit version of Windows. In addition, it will also tell you whether your CPU supports 64-bit operating system or not.
The 64-bit version of Windows 10 can run both the 64-bit and the 32-bit programs. But the 32-bit version of Windows can run only the 32-bit programs.
How to upgrade from 32-bit Windows 10 to 64-bit Windows 10?
First of all you have to find out whether your CPU supports 64-bit operating system. You can find this using the 64-bit Checker tool. If your PC has 64-bit ready CPU, then you should be able to upgrade to the 64-bit Windows. These are the steps you can follow:
- Backup your existing data including the files in the user profile and some other folders that you might have created using EaseUS Todo PCTrans very easily. Then you will be able to transfer it to the new operating system.
- After backing up the data, you can download the 64-bit Windows 10 ISO using Windows ISO downloader and use it to install the 64-bit version of Windows 10 on your PC.
- Basically, you have to create a bootable USB disk for installing Windows 10 using Rufus. Then reboot your PC, choose options to use USB disk for booting and then install Windows 10 on your PC.
Conclusion: If you are unable to run a 64-bit program on your PC, then chances are that you are using a 32-bit version of Windows. You can easily upgrade to the 64-bit version of Windows 10 to fix this problem.