How to Know Your Computer Windows Version, Is it 32-bit or 64-bit?

Last Updated: February 19, 2017
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Most of the Computer software do have system requirements for them to perform or run well. At times system version will be among the requirements and in some cases the software may work for both the 32-bit and 64-bit operation system. Though most of the Computer users are making use of the 64-bit operation system, and it has come to my notice that some 64-bits software didn't work on the 32-bit operating system.

32-bit or 64-bit version

How to Know Whether Your Windows Computer is Running 32-bit or 64-bit Version?

There are two ways to detect whether your computer is running 32-bit or 64-bit of the Windows Operating System.
Detect if your computer is running 32-bit or 64-bit operating system through basic system information
For Windows 7 users, press start button and right click on Computer. Then choose Properties. For Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, open File Explorer right click on any available white space and left click on properties. You can also end up in basic system information by going to Control Panel >> System and Security >> System. Your computer details will be provided on your monitor, you will see your system version in system type section. In the case of my below screenshot, the PC is running 64-bit version of Windows 8.
check processor or system type on PC

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Detect if your computer is running 32-bit or 64-bit operating system through Detailed System Information
- Press Window button + R, a popup will show at the bottom left of your monitor. Just type MSINFO32 in the open text area and click OK. For Windows 7 Users, another way to end up in system information is through the Start Menu, press the start button and search for System Information just click system information from the search result.
run msinfo32
- The system information page will show up on your Monitor. Check the system type, if you see x86-based PC, then your Computer is running 32-bit operating system. If x64-based PC is displayed under the System type, then your computer is running the 64-bit operating system.
check system type on computer

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How to Know if Your System Can Run 64-bit Version of Windows?

For Windows 7 users;
1. Open Control Panel >> System and Maintenance and click on Performance Information and Tools.
2. Click on View and print details.
3. You will see 64-bit capable with YES in front of it if your computer is capable of running the 64-bit version. But you won't see 64-bit capable listing if your computer is currently running the 64-bit version of Windows.
check 64-bit capability on computer


Go to This PC/File Explorer. Right Click on the page and choose properties. Your basic system information will be displayed to you. Just check under the system type for either x64 based processor or x86 based processor. If you see x64 based processor that means your computer can run both 32 bits and 64 bits operation system, but if you see x86 based processor then your PC can only run 32 bits successfully.

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Ogunrinola Adam Hiidee is an Enthusiast Tech. Blogger and Civil Engineering Student. I do discover new stuff and think on informing others about it through Blogging. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and I would love to have you connected.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is the easy step to find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, thanks for sharing the info

  2. Thanks for sharing this post Hiidee. This is very useful post you’ve provided here this will help to find our computer windows version.

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