How to find how many bits your computer system has

Is my computer system 32-bit or 64-bit?

It is important to determine if your Windows Operating System is 32-bit or 64-bit for a variety of reasons. Many programs and games are compatible with 32 or 64 bit Windows systems. It you install a 64-bit program on a 32-bit computer system, it is unlikely to function correctly or work at all.

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

Here’s how to find out how many bits your computer system has:

Windows 7, Vista, and XP

1. Click the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

2. In the System section, you can view the system type.

Windows 8 and 10

pc info search

1. On a Windows 8 and 10 Operating System you can go to the metro screen and search the term “info” to obtain your PC Info.

64-bit operating system

2. The PC Info screen tells you your model, product ID, processor, installed RAM, system type (32-bit or 64-bit), and other information.

3. If you have a 64-bit computer the PC Info screen will state that you have a 64-bit Operating System or x64-based processor in the System type section.

Sean Doyle

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