Which Version of LibreOffice Should I Choose?

Dear Computer Lady,

I’ve heard that LibreOffice can be used to open files created years ago in MS Works (WPS files, DOC files, Spreadsheets, etc.).

I am running Windows 10 Home edition. Under system type, it says that it is a 64-bit operating system with a X64-based processor.
When asked to choose which Windows download I want at the Free Office site, the choices are Windows X86 or Windows X86_64. Which one is the appropriate choice for me? There are also two LibreOffice versions available: the 5.4.3 “fresh” version and the 5.3.7 “still” version. Which one would you recommend?


Dear Francis,

Let’s go to:
and take a look at the options.

In the “Choose your operating system” section, there are two options for Windows.

The Windows X86 version is actually the 32-bit version of Windows. If you had an older computer, or were not sure if you had a 64-bit operating system or not, you would select that one.

Since you already know you are running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 on your computer, you can select, Windows X86_64 which is the same as your 64-bit operating system.

As for which version of LibreOffice you should select, the first one is the newest version. It might have more features, but it might not have all the bugs worked out yet.

The second one is a little bit older, but is more stable. You can select whichever one you want, but if you want the version that has had the bugs worked out of it, go with the second one.



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