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


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.

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






OPTION ONE

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 Device specifications 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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OPTION TWO

To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in System


This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 20161 and higher.


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

2 Press the Win + 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 quick link 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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OPTION THREE

To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in System Information


1 Open the Start menu , type msinfo32 into 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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OPTION FOUR

To Determine 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type using systeminfo Command


1 Open a command prompt.

2 Type systeminfo into the command prompt, 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