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The download page clearly states that the gvim82.exe installer has an option to choose which version of vim to install, a 32- or a 64-bit. I cannot find this option. The installed vim is 32-bit, while I need a 64-bit.

What am I doing wrong?

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  • the download page mentions the vim-win32-installer repository, which includes 32bit and 64 bit binaries. Apr 15 '20 at 6:40
  • @ChristianBrabandt I found a related link and added to my answer but people should keep in mind that those are nightly builds and, by definition, not as stable as official releases.
    – B Layer
    Apr 15 '20 at 9:33
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I don't think it clearly states what you say it does, actually. It says...

[this installer] includes GUI and console versions, for 32 bit and 64 bit systems.

That means the GUI and console versions will work on 64-bit systems. It doesn't mean the executable is 64-bit.

If you continue reading...

There are also 64bit versions which only run on 64 bit MS-Windows and use a lot more memory, but is compatible with 64 bit plugins."

(My emphasis on the "also".)

They don't recommend using the 64-bit version so they don't provide ready access to it. (It also used to say that "it wasn't used much and maintenance stopped" but that was removed at some point.)

I use the 32-bit version, personally, despite being what you could call an "advanced" user. I recommend doing likewise unless you are using plugins available only in 64-bit. (This is not particularly common.)

Generally speaking, for small footprint programs there's not all that much of an advantage to compiling to 64-bit. On 64-bit Windows, the c:\program files (x86) folder contains installed 32-bit executable apps and you'll notice there are a lot of them. Unless you need to address very large amounts of memory or have some other, less common need, there's not much to be gained with a 64-bit runtime. There may even be downsides to it such as consumption of more memory versus the 32-bit version (as mentioned by Vim's download page).

Now if you have some unavoidable compatibility issue (or you weren't convinced by any of the above) then head over to How can I install 64-bit Vim on Windows? for guidance. Alternatively, if you don't mind using a possibly less stable version of Vim you can find 64-bit Vim among the official nightly builds.

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  • « Address very large amounts of memory »—perhaps there’s a large file in the mix? :)
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Apr 15 '20 at 12:30
  • Sure, if you're in the habit of opening 4+ GB files on a regular basis by all means go with 64-bit. :P But seriously, I've never hit this limit in all my years of vimming on windows. If you're opening multi-gig files with a text editor you're doing it wrong.
    – B Layer
    Apr 15 '20 at 17:27
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    if you use python based plugins and you have python for x64 installed, vim have to be x64 too
    – Maxim Kim
    Apr 16 '20 at 4:42
  • @MaximKim Yes. Thus the reference to "unavoidable compatibility issue(s)". But that doesn't necessarily mean that there is only a 64-bit version of the plugin...just that you'd rather not change your Python installation (or use pyenv or whatever those tools are called.)
    – B Layer
    Apr 16 '20 at 7:20
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    This is not really a separate answer, just pointing out a useful one under the linked Windows 64-bit thread in B Layer's answer. I use Chocolatey to install Vim-Tux (64-bit Windows version) along with 64-bit Python and other packages related to my Vim setup. See steps here: vi.stackexchange.com/a/11826/28874
    – Norbert-op
    May 18 '20 at 15:08

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