Monday, October 11, 2010

How to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version



The term 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. It is necessary to know whether your computer is running on 32 bit / 64 bit version.
Most programs designed for the 32-bit version of Windows will work on the 64-bit version of Windows. Notable exceptions are many antivirus programs. To install a 64-bit version of Windows 7, you need a CPU that's capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. The benefits of using a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer, typically 4 GB of RAM or more.

How to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version?
Windows 7 or Windows Vista:
  • Click Start.
  • Right-click Computer.
  • Choose Properties from the context menu.
  • In the "System" section, look for "System Type." It will say either "32-bit Operating System" or "64-bit Operating System."
Windows XP:
  • Click Start.
  • Right-click My Computer.
  • Choose Properties from the context menu.
  • Look just below the "Microsoft Windows XP" label for the particular edition of XP
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