Testing Firefox 64-bit Right Now!
Actually, I tried the 64 bit installs of Firefox and Internet Explorer soon after I installed this Windows 7 64 bit Operating System. They were both pants and summarily removed from my hard drives and I haven’t revisited for over 2 years….
But now things seem on the up.
64-bit is now mainstream with a large 64-bit user base and fewer and fewer 32-bit applications seeing regular usage against the 64-bit versions. This is Firefox’s “about” info (above) from this browser. It’s called “Nightly”, and actually (whispers to one side), it’s very good…!!! Miles better than before, which made the machine crash….
- Worked first time
- Installed okay.
- Needed Flash plugins which were directly available, and work!
- Worked okay with all my current plugins – Web Developer, Flagfox, Quirk SearchStatus and the rest. Amazing. They all worked!
- Got it’s own icon
- Installs into it’s own folder separate to Firefox
- Carries over all Firefox settings & shortcuts.
- Carries over all Firefox add-ons & plugins, if they work.
- only needed a new Flash install to get it working the way it was on 32-bit
So now I’m going to try 64-bit browsing as a real test.
- http://nightly.mozilla.org/ – Firefox’s nighly download site
- http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer11.html – Flash 11 downloads for all OS’s
32 v 64
- You need a 64-bit Operating System as well as a 64-bit processor to run 64-bit applications.
- 32-bit Windows running on a 64-bit AMD processor (for example), won’t work.