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Where can we, Windows 64-bit users, find information about what to do or stop doing, since the builds for our system have been disabled?

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I came across information that Firefox has turned off the development for Windows 64-bit. Since that's my system I'd like to know what does this imply. Should we uninstall Firefox? Is there anyway we could still be using it? I'm not a computer savvy at all, so I really don't know what to expect nor where to find information that's accurate about it. I really like Firefox and don't want to switch browsers, but I wouldn't like to get the nasty surprise that one day I can no longer open the browser and lose all my information without a warning. I save lots of important information, should I transfer this to another browser Asap?

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hello intr0uble, nothing will change for you - you can continue using firefox as you did before! firefox for windows has always been a 32bit application (windows 7 64bit supports the execution of 32bit applications). only a branch of an experimental 64bit developer version will be discontinued for the moment...

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hello intr0uble, nothing will change for you - you can continue using firefox as you did before! firefox for windows has always been a 32bit application (windows 7 64bit supports the execution of 32bit applications). only a branch of an experimental 64bit developer version will be discontinued for the moment...

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intr0uble wrote:

I came across information that Firefox has turned off the development for Windows 64-bit.

That is incorrect. There is a plan to stop producing 64-bit nightly builds, which are tests versions of Firefox.

You are using the release version of Firefox, which is 32-bit, and will continue working unaffected by the aforementioned change. 32-bit programs work without a hitch under 64-bit Windows. The default Start Menu shortcut for Internet Explorer points to the 32-bit version, and Firefox's main competitor Chrome is also available only in a 32-bit variety.

Even if you were using the 64-bit test version — and you aren't — the plan is to silently move testers to the 32-bit version, so as long as you have automatic updates enabled, you wouldn't have to do anything.

Technical details about 64-bit builds can be found below.

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Thank you so much for such a quick reply. You both have made my day! I'm glad we'll be unaffected by it, thanks really