32-bit, 64-bit or Both?

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    32-bit, 64-bit or Both?


    Using the Windows media creation tool to prep a clean install of Windows 10.

    However, ran into this question: What architecture does my system have?

    System properties show 64-bit. Duh! But my system is also capable of running 32-bit applications (from my "Program Files (x86)" folder, I imagine).

    So, what's my architecture? Is it 64-bit ALONE or BOTH 32-bit and 64-bit?

    Thanks for any clarification! :)
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  2. Posts : 61,886
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello Shakusky,

    That option in the Media Creation Tool is to select what versions to be included in the ISO or USB.

    For direct installing with the Media Creation Tool, you would select only the version that is currently on your PC. The tutorial below can help show you how. :)

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  3. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro

    32 bit Windows can run 32 bit and 16 bit Windows apps.

    64 bit can run both 64 and 32 bit apps (but not 16 bit apps except for 16 bit DOS apps)

    In other words, Windows can run the native "bitness" and the next lower "bitness".
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  4. Posts : 17,367
    Windows 11 Pro

    Shakusky said:
    So, what's my architecture? Is it 64-bit ALONE or BOTH 32-bit and 64-bit?
    Thanks for any clarification! :)
    Your architecture is which one you decide you want to install. Currently you are running 64bit. A 32 bit operating system will only allow you to use 4 GB of memory if you have more installed. The BOTH option in the Media Creation Tool only means that both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 10 will be on the USB. During install, if you download both, you get to choose which one to install.
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  5. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

    Just to add, if you choose to make an iso with "both" it will not fit on a standard DVD! In consequence, I recommend creating an iso of only your chosen architecture.
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