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Why isn't the default download for Windows the x64 installer? [closed]

asked 2015-09-28 10:30:20 +0200

cdz gravatar image

updated 2021-06-24 13:09:17 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I was doing something that required an office suite. I thought, why not get Libreoffice? I went to the main page and downloaded the installer. When it was finished, I looked more closely. Apparently it was for x86. I spent another 15 minutes downloading the x64 installer. The web site wasted 15 minutes of my life.

I believe that more than 50% of computers are 64-bit nowadays. Why not make the default download (the big green button on the main web page) the x64 installer?


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Closed for the following reason question is off-topic or not relevant by floris v
close date 2018-03-03 22:33:05.250846

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answered 2015-09-28 21:55:32 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

The web site wasted 15 minutes of my life.

Try taking responsibility for your own mistakes.

Why not make the default download ... the x64 installer?

32-bit Apps will work on 64-bit Windows, but not vice-versa
(although it is a fair point that the balance of which by majority use is the default is changing).

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"Try taking responsibility for your own mistakes." Seriously? That was harsh, especially since it's so hard to find the 64 bit version on the website. In fact, I have yet to find it!

Lady Fitzgerald gravatar imageLady Fitzgerald ( 2017-09-04 21:55:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-03-03 21:54:55 +0200

Even though I haven't found it in any news or blog post, it seems to me that starting with LibreOffice 6.0.2 the x64 version for Windows is offered as default if the website is visited using a 64 bit web browser (most of them I believe) :)

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answered 2016-04-27 15:21:19 +0200

Dennis Roczek gravatar image

With LibreOffice 5.0 we introduced x64 builds for Windows. We know that is not that stable as the x86 version and moreover misses smaller seldom used features.

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