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.exe is not a valid win32 application

Updated on January 1, 2010

x64.exe is not a valid Win32 application

When I launched Google Chinese Simplified Input Method Editor installation program, Windows displays a message: 

GooglePinyinInstaller_x64.exe is not a valid Win32 application

It is possible that the file was corrupted during download, so I downloaded the file again, and did a third time. 

There are two versions of this application, 32-bit and 64-bit, system requirements are:

  • Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP 64 bit
  • Internet Explorer 6.0+

After I failed three times to install 64-bit version (I thought the higher version, the better.), I tried "Classic" version, that means the application is for "32-bits" windows, then the application went through successfully.

Am I running Windows XP 32 bit or 64 bit?

Am I running Windows XP 32 bit or 64 bit? How can I find out that my computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of Windows operation system?

There are two methods to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version.

Method 1: Right-click on "My Computer" and choose "Properties", click the General tab. The operating system is displayed as: 

"Microsoft Windows XP

Home Edition

Version 2002

Service Pack 3"

That means my computer is running a 32-bit version operating system. For a 64-bit version operating system, there is a "x64" mark.

You can also launch this information by:

Click Start, and then click Run. then Type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK. 

Method 2: Run winmsd.exe to display System Information, When System Summary is selected in the navigation pane, locate Processor under Item in the details pane. If your Processor starts with x86, the computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows, with ia64 or AMD64, then a 64-bit version of Windows.

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