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Opera Browser for Windows 64 Bit Computers

  • I am directly downloading Opera browser from official website, but a 3rd party website Filehorse have both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Opera<br>So my question is if 64 bit version available, then why we cannot download 64 bit version from official website? If Opera never build 64 bit version, then how Filehorse added this in software downloading list? And yes I downloaded this version and also installed from Filehorse, and there is no issue in this version.

  • @gaurav27 You can find 64 bits version of Opera, starting on version 42, here.

  • The download on opera.com should download a simple OperaSetup.exe file. When you launch it on 64-bit windows, it should fetch the 64-bit version of Opera and install it. When you use it for an upgrade, it'll still download the 64-bit version to upgrade with, even if you're upgrading a 32-bit version of Opera.

    Note though. When upgrading a 32-bit Opera , Opera will upgrade it in-place. The upgrade to 64-bit won't move Opera from "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera" to "C:\Program Files\Opera". It'll still function just fine though.

    So, Opera does it automatically in this case if you download the default net installer.

    If you prefer to download the offline installer, explicitly choose the 64-bit installer from the link leocg mentioned or from the right-side of the page at http://blogs.opera.com/desktop/.

    Also, at http://www.opera.com/, if you look at the bottom of the page where it says "Computer Browser" that takes you to http://www.opera.com/computer, where you can choose to download the offline package. Unfortunately there, it gives you the 32-bit installer with no option to pick the 64-bit one. So, Opera could work on advertising that a bit, but besides that, stuff should just work.

  • I installed the 64bit last week and for some reason Win10 would not list Opera in the default app list anymore. Had to clean the registry to make it work,

    Here the topic about it: https://forums.opera.com/topic/25085/opera-default-browser/18

  • For those of you who are using the 64 bit Opera, what is the advantage - if any - over the 32 bit one??

    And if you download the 64 bit one, can you use the same profile folder files and settings that the 32 bit one uses??

    Thanks

  • @bbildman Kind of off-topic for this thread. But, briefly, on Windows x64, 32-bit applications are emulated (WOW64) legacy. 32-bit is not the native format. 64-bit is, so that's what you should be running by default. You should only resort to 32-bit if there's a major issue that's solved by using the 32-bit version. Even then, that should only be a temporary solution.

    So, it's not even really a question about advantage, but about using the correct, native format. But, with 64-bit, there's a chance of some performance gain, security gain, and the amount of ram you can address. It might use a little bit more memory that 32-bit due to pointer sizes. But, that's no reason to not use the correct, native format.

    @bbildman said in Opera Browser for Windows 64 Bit Computers:

    And if you download the 64 bit one, can you use the same profile folder files and settings that the 32 bit one uses??

    Yes. It will just work that way. You just shouldn't have both open at the same time. And, if you want Opera as the default browser, you'll have to choose which one.

  • @burnout426 Couple of other quick questions, if I go the 64 bit route, do I have to uninstall the 32 bit one...meaning will the 64 bit one install in a different directory? And if I run the 64 bit one, does it access the same profile directory as the 32 bit one...if I make some preference and bookmark changes with the 64 bit one, after I close the 64 bit one and run the 32 bit one, will those changes be reflected then in the 32 bit model??

    I've been using Opera for a LONG time, and I am not sure if the current O is 32 or 64::

    "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.168 Safari/537.36 OPR/51.0.2830.40"

    Maybe I'm already running the 64 bit one??

    Thanks

  • @bbildman You don't need to un-install the 32 bits one and yes, they share the same profile directory.

  • @leocg Looks like I already have the 64 bit Opera, I downloaded the 64 bit installer, and when checking "About Opera" after launching it, I have the same "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.168 Safari/537.36 OPR/51.0.2830.40" as before.

    Looks like I posted stupid stuff, not sure when Opera started installing the 64 bit version...probably when I bought a Windows 64 bit computer.

    Sorry

    🙂

  • @bbildman said in Opera Browser for Windows 64 Bit Computers:

    I go the 64 bit route, do I have to uninstall the 32 bit one...meaning will the 64 bit one install in a different directory?

    You don't have to uninstall. But, the installation directory depends on a few things. Don't worry about that though. If you want to be sure, always download the specific offline installer and always click "options" in the installer and make sure the path is correct. For 32-bit, it goes to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera". For 64-bit, it goes to "C:\Program Files\Opera". The 64-bit one is the one you should make the default. But, you don't need the 32-bit version unless you want to play with it.