Later version's of Windows are released with multiple editions, such as Home, Home Premium, Professional etc, each of these editions come with the option of being 32 bits or 64 bits to support and take advantage of your computers processor.
It is important for certain software that you know if you're running a 32 bit or 64 bit Operating System (Windows), as some software requires different settings, below I'm going to show you how to quickly find out if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
In this example I'm using Windows 8, however the steps are much the same.
- Hit the Windows Key on your keyboard
- Start typing 'Computer' until 'Computer' shows under Apps (Windows 8 only) NOTE: For Windows 7 and below you'd see Computer on the right-pane of the start menu
- Right-click on Computer, to show the additional options menu and select 'Properties'. NOTE: For Windows 7 and below you'd see a drop-down menu, simply select Properties
- The System window now appears, from this window we can see what System Type of Windows we're running, see the image below as you can see I've highlighted that my Operating System is 64-bit
As you can see my machine is running a 64-bit Operating System, it would be clearly stated as 32-bit Operating System otherwise
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