How To View If You Have Windows 32 bit or 64 bit

Published on July 23, 2011

Hardware configurations are very different. A big difference stands from 32 or 64 bit version of operating system, because not all programs will work on any version.

32 or 64 bit came from processors's capabilities: 64 bit processors are more advanced because can use more RAM memory. In order to use 64 bit you need to install a Windows 64-bit version.

Suppose you need to install a software and you do not know what version of Windows you are running on your computer: 32 bit or 64 bit.

Windows 7/Vista users
1. Click Start and go to Control Panel
2. Click System (we have added 2 images, depends how icons are set to appear in your Control Panel)




3. View System Type line with your Windows version 32 or 64 bit



Windows XP users
1. Click Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Information


2. View type of processor, we assume you have installed corresponding OS version
x86 means 32 bit
x64 means 64 bit


Most of software that was made for 32 bit will work on 64 bit Windows, but programs made for 64 bit will not work on 32 bit.

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