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.
The terms 32-bit(x86) and 64-bit(x64) refers 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.
The 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor indicates you're using a 64-bit version of Windows 10 on a 64-bit processor.
The 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.
Use Windows logo+Pause Break keys on the keyboard to open system.
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.
Step 1: Open System Information.
Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog, type msinfo32, and hit Enter.
Step 2: In System Summary, look to see if your System Type on the right side is either an x64-based PC or an x86-based PC.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt window.
Press Windows logo key +X, then press C on the keyboard.
Step 2: In the command prompt, type systeminfo, and press Enter.