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How Do I Know if I Use 32-bit or 64-bit Versions of Windows 10

If you are not sure which type of Windows 10 system you are using? This article is right for you. This guide will show you how to find out if you are running a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 10.


What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

The terms 32-bit(x86) and 64-bit(x64) refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

System Type tells you whether you’re using the 32-bit version of Windows 10 or the 64-bit version. It also tells you whether your PC is compatible with the 64-bit version or not.

64-bit operating system, x64-based processor indicates you’re using a 64-bit version of Windows 10 on a 64-bit processor.

32-bit operating system, x64-based processor indicates you’re using a 32-bit version of Windows 10, but you could install the 64-bit version on your hardware if you preferred.

Generally speaking, to run a 64-bit version of Windows, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. 64-bit versions of Windows can run 32-bit software, but 32-bit versions of Windows can’t run 64-bit software.

How to tell if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10

Way 1: Save time with shortcut keys in Windows 10

Use Windows logo + Pause Break keys on keyboard to open system.

View Windows 10 System type is 32-bit or 64-bit

Way 2: See 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 System Type in Settings

Step 1: Open Settings app, then click on the System icon.

Step 2: Select  About on the left side.

Look under PC for System type to see if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

See 32-bit or 64-bit system type

Way 3: Check Windows System type in System Information

Step 1: Open System Information.

Press Win + R keys to open Run dialog, type msinfo32, and hit Enter.

Run msinfo32

Step 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.

Find out system type of in System information

Way 4: Check Windows 10 System Type in Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt Windows.

Press Windows logo key +X, then press C on keyboard.

Open command prompt

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

View in Windows system type in Command Prompt

Learn more how to find out system type of Windows 7/8.