Most of the software programs come with specific system requirements and so if you’re also going to install such an application on your Windows computer and wanted to know your system type, this article will guide you.
In this article, I will tell you how to check if your Windows computer is a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system, and also the difference between them.
How to Check if Your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit
So, without taking more time, I’m simply telling you the steps by which you can know the system type of your Windows computer.
They’re actually two methods to know if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit:
Method 1: Check Through Basic System Information
You can check if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit through the basic system information window. Go to Start, right-click on the Computer option and choose Properties.
As soon as you’ll click on Properties, the basic system information windows will open. Here, under the System section, you can check your system type.
For a 32-bit computer, 32-bit Operating System will appear as a System type and for a 64-bit version computer, 64-bit Operating System will appear as System type.
Method 2: View the Detailed System Information
It’s another method to check if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit. All you need to go to Start and search for System Information and click on it.
A System Information window will open in front of you. For a 32-bit operating system, x86-based PC appears for the System type, and for the 64-bit operating system, x64-based PC appears for the System type.
That’s all about checking whether your computer is running on a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. Now, let’s know a bit more about 32-bit and 64-bit system types.
What’s the Difference Between 32-bit & 64-bit?
Bit is short for Binary Digit, the smallest unit of information on a machine. When we talk about computers, they’re sometimes classified by the number of bits (as we know like 32-bit & 64-bit, etc.).
Let me tell you in a more simple way. If your computer if 32-bit, it means it can process the 32 number of bits at one time, and similarly for 64-bits.
So, the terms 32-bit and 64-bit are referred to to understand how a computer’s processor handles the information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.
Check if Your Computer Can Run a 64-bit Version of Windows
If you’re thinking to upgrade your computer from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system, you must check first whether or not your PC is capable of upgrading to 64-bit.
You can check it easily. Just open My Computer, right-click on the screen and choose Properties. Now, in the System Information window, click on the Windows Experience Index link.
In the next opened window, you need to click on a link mentioned as “View and print detailed performance and system information“.
Finally, the Performance Information and Tool window will open in front of you. Here, inside the System section, you’ll see a “64-bit capable” listing and if your system if capable of running 64-bit, there will be a “Yes” in front of it.
I think that’s enough to know about 32-bit and 64-bit computer systems. And I hope you’ll now be able to check if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit.
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