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How to Determine if Running 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Architecture of Windows 10

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

This tutorial will show you how to determine if you are running a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) architecture of Windows 10 on your PC.

Note   Note
You cannot upgrade from a 32-bit to 64-bit Windows or 64-bit to 32-bit Windows. Instead you must do a clean install since you can only upgrade from 32-bit to 32-bit or 64-bit to 64-bit.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in Settings
  • Option Two: To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in System
  • Option Three: To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in System Information
  • Option Four: To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type using systeminfo Command







System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 OPTION ONE System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10
To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on About on the left side. Under PC on the right side, look to see if your System type is either a 64-bit operating system or a 32-bit operating system.

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System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 OPTION TWO System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10
To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in System

1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for how you would like to open the System window.

2. Press the Windows + Pause/Break keys, and go to step 5 below.

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 5 below.

4. Open the Win+X power user tasks menu, click/tap on System, and go to step 5 below.

5. Look to see if your System type is either a 64-bit Operating System or a 32-bit Operating System.

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System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 OPTION THREE System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10
To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in System Information

1. Open your Start menu (Windows key), type msinfo32 in the search box, and press Enter.

2. In System Summary on the left side, look to see if your System Type on the right side is either a x64-based PC or a x86-based PC.

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System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 OPTION FOUR System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 10
To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type using systeminfo Command

1. Open a command prompt.

2. In the command prompt, type systeminfo, and press Enter.

3. Look to see if your System Type is either a x64-based PC or a x86-based PC.

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That's it,
Shawn