The appropriate version of Total Commander runs perfectly on all Windows operating systems including 16-bit, 32-bit and Pocket PC platforms - but the 64-bit versions. Why does Total Commander not support 64-bit Windows, what issues does this raise, and what can we do? New: Total Commander 64bit version
After a Windows installation, the first software to be installed is Total Commander. Total Commander alone can solve a lot of problems. Drivers and other programs are installed only after TC. I often had to save data or solve ‘Windows problems’ on Slovakian, German or other systems whose language I do not speak. However, there were no language issues in these cases either, as Total Commander can be installed with our eyes shut, and it surely does the trick. Therefore, this is an important program, probably not only for me but for others as well. E.g. for Microsoft, that recently required the developer to terminate the use of the previous name Windows Commander. After this incident, the name Total Commander was introduced. Despite that the developer supports Windows to this great extent, why is there no 64-bit version and does this raise any issue under 64-bit Windows systems?
64-bit Windows XP promises 32-bit stability on the level of user software. Total Commander smoothly installs and seems to work alright on x64. However, serious problems may occur with the system files, as 64-bit and 32-bit programs see different system folders. For security reasons, the folder windows\system32 remains hidden from 32-bit programs and the system redirects all operations concerning this folder to folder windows\syswow64. Therefore, the 32-bit version of Total Commander works very well on 64-bit systems but in certain cases, unwanted things might happen. The program is suitable for generic operations, e.g. copying documents, but cannot be used for operations involving system files.
Let's now see the difference. In the first example, we illustrate the contents of folders system32 and syswow64, and the occupied area as shown by the 32-bit Total Commander (each image is also available in its original size):
In the second example, let's see how 64-bit SpeedCommander shows the contents and occupied area of folders system32 and syswow64:
As it can be seen, the 32-bit program showed the same value in both cases, despite the fact that these are two different folders. The 64-bit program works correctly.
For this task, native 64-bit file manager software is recommended. Currently, the following alternatives are available to choose from:
Another solution could be using Windows Explorer; however, this must be configured in the proper manner before system operations (Tools menu, Folder Options)
Total Commander is not available in x64 version because Borland has not released the 64-bit version of Delphi yet (more information here). Therefore the developer has the intention, but the development tool is not yet available. The same problem probably occurs with other programs as well.