How to Know if You Are Running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows?

How to Know if You Are Running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows and What's The Difference?

You may have heard that Windows can be 32-bit or 64-bit. Both operating systems are designed to utilize a processor, which is named accordingly: 32-bit Windows uses a 32-bit processor, whilst 64-bit uses a 64-bit processor. The main difference between 32-bit and 64-bit is that a 32-bit processor can only address 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM or less. If, for example, your computer has 8GB of RAM (or more) and is running 32-bit Windows, this means that your system will be using no more than 4GB, and the remaining four (or more) GB will be unused. Only 64-bit operating systems can address more than 4GB of RAM. You can run 32-bit Windows on a 64-bit computer, but to install a 64-bit version of Windows, you need a processor that is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. A 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit system and can be more productive when running several applications at once and switching between them frequently.

When you are installing software on Windows, you can sometimes choose which version (32-bit or 64-bit) you wish to install. If you are running the 64-bit version of Windows you should install the 64-bit version of software. Sometimes, however, developers provide just 32-bit versions. Becoming popular with the introduction of Windows 7 and continuing on until Windows 10, 64-bit is becoming the new standard and probably will be for a long time now. In fact, systems are becoming more powerful each day and computers have an increasing amount of RAM, which will eventually lead 32-bit systems to extinction. It is simple to find out which operating system is installed on your computer - knowing this will help you to choose the version of software to install in future.

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How to Check Your Windows 10 System Type

To get this information about your system on Windows 10, access the "System". Click "Start" and then click "Settings".

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In Settings window, click "System".

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In the System menu, click the last section at the bottom named "About". Here, you will see if your operating system is running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.

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How to Check Your Windows 7 System Type

Click "Start" and then right-click on "My Computer", and choose "Properties".

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Now you will see a window where you can view basic information about your computer, including information about your system type.

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