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Well, that isn't really the answer I was expecting....the os may be 64bit but it can run 32bit software you know....anyway I managed to track down intels official 64bit driver and replaced the 32bit one, quite an easy process eventually...I was more concerned that the driver setup program originally installed a 32bit driver on a 64bit os and hardware...seems counter intuitive.
No, I am sorry, that is not correct. While it is true that 64-bit Windows can host 32-bit software, this is only at User level. Kernel level code can ONLY be 64-bit and device drivers run as part of the Kernel. You cannot run a 32-bit driver on 64-bit Windows. It simply will not load.
Here is a snippet regarding this from MS (the highlighting is theirs):
If I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows, do I need 64-bit drivers for my devices?
Yes. All hardware devices need 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. Drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows don't work on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows.
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