How to Know if your Computer Runs 32-Bit or 64-Bit Windows?


Like your mobile phones have android versions, Windows also has different versions of its Operating Systems. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems have enough differences between them. The 64-bit version provides your system with better security and the ability to use more memory. Along with this, the 64-bit OS gives you an alternative to installing 32-bit software on your computer along with the existing one. However, you cannot do so if you have a 32-bit OS.

This risewindows article will guide you on how you can find out the Windows OS version your computer is working. Some of the following ways can also work on the older Windows OS.

How to Check if Your Computer Runs 32-Bit or 64-Bit Windows 11 or 10?

Windows has several built-in methods that can help you find the OS version of your system. We will brief you on all of them one by one.

Windows 11/10 Settings App

You can refer to Windows 11 and 10, which have a built-in settings app to know whether you are running a 64-bit or 32-bit system.

Windows 11

Step 1: Firstly, Open Windows 11 Settings.

Step 2: Go to System in the left sidebar of the Settings window.

Step 3: Scroll down to the right-sidebar and go to the About tile.

Step 4: You will find the “Device specifications” section under the “System type” field. Use it to view whether your system works on 64-bit or 32-bit OS.

Windows 10

Step 1: Open Windows 10 Settings.

Step 2: Go to System in Windows Settings.

Step 3: Once the System window opens, go to the About option.

Step 4: Under the “Device specifications” section, beside the “System type” field, you can view whether your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Control Panel

You can use the control panel to find out the Windows OS version. This method will work for you even if you use Windows 8.

Step 1: Start by opening the Control Panel.

Step 2: Next, set “View by” to “Small icons” or “Large icons” and go to the System option.

Step 3: The About settings page will appear on the screen. Find the “System type” field. Besides it, you can see if your system type is 64-bit or 32-bit. Your system runs on 64-bit or x64, which denotes the 64-bit OS. Otherwise, on a 32-bit OS, if it says 32-bit or x86.

System Information

The system information tool can view a bunch of details about your computer. It is another option for you to know your system’s OS.

Step 1: You will find the Windows logo or Search button on the Windows 11/10 taskbar. Open it and type the following:-

System Information

Step 2: In the search results, click on the System Information to open it.

Step 3: Once you’ve opened the System Information window, you will find the System Summary in the left sidebar. Go to that.

Step 4: You can view your OS version beside the “System Type” field on the right.

Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell

You can also find if your Windows OS uses 32-bit or 64-bit by executing a single command on Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell.

Step 2: Type the following and press Enter on the keyboard:-


Check the output beside the “System Type” field. If it says 64-bit or x64, you are running a 64-bit OS. Otherwise, if it says 32-bit or x86, you use a 32-bit OS.

That’s it.

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