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How to find out if you have 32-bit or 64-bit operating system


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How to find out if you have 32-bit or 64-bit operating system


Windows 10

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to System and Security > System. The information is displayed under System type.

Windows 8

  1. If you are on the start screen in Windows 8, go to the desktop.
  2. From the desktop, move the mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen.
  3. The Charms menu will be displayed.
  4. Click on the Settings charm.
  5. Click on the PC Info option under Desktop.
  6. If System type is 64-bit Operating system you have 64-bit, if System type is 32-bit Operating System you have a 32-bit Operating System.

Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Right-click Computer, and select Properties.
  3. Under System > System type you will see if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

Windows Vista / Windows 2008 Server

  1. Press the start button, go to Control Panel and select System and Maintenance > System.
  2. If System type is 64-bit Operating system you have 64-bit, if System type is 32-bit Operating System you have a 32-bit Operating System.

Windows XP  or Windows 2003 Server

  1. Press the Start button, go to Control panel and select Performance and Maintenance > System.
  2. Under the General tab you have:

System: Microsoft Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition
Version 2003
Service Pack 3

  • If you cannot find x64 edition on the second line, you have a 32-bit operating system.
  • The content may be different depending on which operating system and language you have, the second line could read Home editionProfessional edition, and others. The important thing is to look for x64 edition, if this is not present, then you have 32-bit.

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