If you are not much of a computer person, then chances are that you can discern between 32 bit and 64 bit processors and their associated drivers. However, for those of you who do not really know how a 64 bit processor is superior to the 32 bit processor, you will need to understand that the 64 bit drivers allow a better level of speed, multitasking and resource management.
There is a great deal of fundamental change in the structure and configuration of the operating system and the software in a 64 bit configuration because it allows more number of simultaneous processes to run.
Technically broaching the concept, you should know that the computer reads data in terms of bits and bytes of information. Each bit is either a 0 or a 1. The 32 bit processor is called so because it has the ability to read 32 bits of information at one time while the 64 bit processor can read twice the amount of information.
Simply stated, the computer runs more processes at a higher speed on a 64 bit processor than a 32 bit processor. It follows that the 64 bit processor needs special drivers to communicate with the hardware. This is where 64 bit drivers come in.
Like the 32 bit drivers, 64 bit drivers perform the same task of interfacing the hardware with the software to pave way for effective communication. These drivers help the hardware address 64 bits of physical memory against their predecessors’ 32 bits. This condition is not just limited to the processor but also extends to the operating system.
For instance, Windows has two different versions – the 32 bit operating system and the 64 bit system. If you are using the latter, it obviates the use of 64 bit drivers to provide the communication channel for the hardware.
If you own a 64 bit processor or installed a 64 bit operating system, you belong to the minority. It might be hard for you to get 64 bit drivers for your hardware because every manufacturer caters to the majority. It will take quite some time to dig and exhume these drivers from the Internet.