How to run a Visual Studio 2010 application as 32-bit on a 64-bit machine

How to run a Visual Studio 2010 application as 32-bit on a 64-bit machine.


If you’ve purchased yourself a brand new 64 bit PC, and want to run Visual Studio Express on it, I’ve got a piece of information which may come in useful.

I’ve recently got myself a 64 bit PC, and have indeed installed Visual Studio 2010 on this lovely machine; however things didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped. There were two problems encountered: one, I couldn’t step through the code to debug it. And, two, I couldn’t connect to a MS Access 2010 database which I have.

After a lot of research into my Visual Studio related problems, It turns out I need to run Visual Studio in 32-bit mode – which can be done easily on the full “paid for” version of Visual Studio 2010, but Visual Studio Express (the free version) doesn’t have a switch to allow you to easily convert to 32-bit. I spent ages trying to figure out if running as 32-bit was achievable – I even though I’d have to fork out for the fully paid version at one point. But, hurrah, it is easy when you know how: so I’ll show you how to run your Visual Studio applications as 32 bit applications on a 64 bit machine – and sort out your 64-bit woes.

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This is how to run a Visual Studio 2010 application as 32-but on a 64-bit machine...

How to run a Visual Studio 2010 application as 32-bit on a 64-bit machine.


How to run a Visual Studio 2010 application as 32-bit on a 64-bit machine.

1) First select “configuration manager” from the “build menu”. If the option “configuration manager” isn’t available, I’ll show you how to get the configuration manager .
2) Click on drop down box under “platform”, select “new”
3) In the “New Platform” drop down box, select x86. Then click OK

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user 2 years ago

in step 3, cant select x86 only x64 is available

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