How would you know if you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows OS? It is good to know the bit version because most of the software and applications require this information. While downloading a game or software, you may have noticed that some applications use different installation setups for 32 and 64 bit.
If you install software that is made for 64 bit and your operating system and processor only supports 32 bit, then the software won’t work on your PC.
So let’s find out the processor and OS of your PC.
How To Tell If You are Running 32 Or 64 Bit Using System Information?
This is a super easy and accurate method to check whether you are running 32 or 64 bit Windows. To know the bit of your CPU, follow the below steps:
- Hit the Start key and then type “system information.”
- Select the “System Information”
- Now you will see the information about your system in an organized order.
- Navigate to System Type. There you will know whether you are running an x36 or x64 based PC.
x32 and x64 stand for 32 or 64bit CPU. Now you know What your PC supports 32 or 64 bit.
How to know you are using 32 bit or 64 bit OS for Windows 7, 8 and 10?
If your CPU has 32 bit, then it is obvious that you are using a 32 bit OS since the 32 bit CPU can’t support and run 64-bit windows, but the 64 bit CPU can run and support 32-bit windows. So if your CPU is 64 bit, then you should also check whether the OS is also 64 bit. If your CPU is 64 bit, but Windows is 32 bit, then you should reinstall the new OS which is designed for 64 bit PC (A 64 bit CPU must installed with 64 bit OS to get the peak performance).
To check whether your OS is 32 or 64 bit, follow the instructions given below:
- Press Windows key and right-click on the “Computer” option.
- Then select “Properties”
- Now navigate to “System type” and see if it is showing 32-bit or 64-bit.
Now you know your CPU bit and OS bit. If you are using 32-bit Windows on a 64-bit CPU then in the future, you can think of installing 64-bit windows to get the maximum speed and performance.
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