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How to Tell if Your Computer Is 32 or 64 Bit Windows 10 [Full Ways]

How to tell if your computer is 32 or 64 bit on Windows 10? Here is the full guide on which version of the Windows 10 operating system you are running. You will also learn every way to check if your computer is 32 or 64 bit on Windows 11/10/8/7.

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Check four ways to tell if your computer is 32 or 64 it in Windows 10:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Check System Type from Settings Click the Start button and then select "Settings > System". Click "About" on the left panel of the System...Full steps
Fix 2. Check System Version Using Command Prompt Type cmd in the search box and press Enter. Run Command Prompt as administrator. Type systeminfo...Full steps

Fix 3. Check Windows 10 System Type with Run Tool

Press Win + R keys to open the Run tool. Type msinfo32 in the box and click "OK". The System Information...Full steps

Fix 4. Check Windows System Type in Control Panel

Open the Control Panel and choose "System". On the system settings screen, click "About". Find Device specifications...Full steps

When using a computer, it is often necessary to install software or install device drivers for the hardware. At this point, you are often asked whether the computer is 32-bit or 64-bit. Many users are at a loss when asked this question, but choosing the wrong one, you may get stuck and cannot continue. So it's important to know whether your Windows version is 32-bit or 64-bit.

In this article, you will learn how to tell if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit and get a comprehensive understanding of the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit computers. If you're interested, don't miss it. Let's start now.

How to Tell if Your Computer Is 32 or 64 Bit Windows 10 in 4 Ways

If you don't know or are unsure what version, 32-bit or 64-bit, of Windows 10 your computer is running, take any of the following four ways to check if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10.

Method 1. Check System Type from Settings

Step 1. Click the Start button and then select "Settings > System".

Step 2. Click "About" on the left panel on the System Settings window.

Step 3. At the right pane, under Device specifications, find "System type". Then, you will see if your computer is running a 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor, or not.

system type in settins

Method 2. Check if the Windows 10 System Is 32-Bit or 64-Bit in CMD

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box and press Enter.

Step 2. Click "Command Prompt" from search results and choose "Run as administrator" at the right.

run cmd as admin

Step 3. In the Command Prompt window, type systeminfo and press Enter.

check system type in cmd

Step 4. The system information will display on the screen. Find System Type and check if your Windows 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Method 3. Check Windows 10 System Type with Run Tool

Step 1. Press Win + R keys at the same time to open the Run tool.

Step 2. In the Run box, type msinfo32 and click "OK".

use msinfo command

Step 3. The System Information window will pop up.

Step 4. Find "System Type" in the right dialog and check if your Windows is an x86-based PC or an x64-based PC.

system information window

Method 4. Check Windows System Type in Control Panel

Step 1. Open the Control Panel on your computer. Choose "System".

find sytem in control panel

Step 2. On the system settings screen, click "About".

Step 3. Find Device specifications and check the System type like the screenshot shows below.

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Additional Guide: How to Perform 64-Bit or 32-Bit Windows 10 Data Recovery Without Backup

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 computer. Select the disk partition or storage location where you lost data and click "Scan".

select the disk on Windows  to scan

Step 2. This recovery software will start scanning the disk to find all lost and deleted files. When the scan process completes, click "Filter" > "Type" to specify lost file types.

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Step 3. Preview and restore lost Windows files. You can double-click to preview the scanned files. Then, select the target data and click the "Recover" button to save them to another safe spot in the PC or an external storage device.

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32-Bit and 64-Bit Windows: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are more helpful answers to some common questions about the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

1. What's the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows?

The terms 32-bit(x86) and 64-bit(x64) refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. 64-bit computers are theoretically more powerful and faster at processing data than 32-bit computers. Here are the main differences:

  • Different computing abilities: 64-bit systems are theoretically twice as fast as 32-bit systems, and their memory addressing is different.
  • The maximum running memory is different: 32-bit computers only support the maximum 4G (generally only 3.25G or so), and 64-bit computers can support 128G or even larger.
  • Support different software versions: a 32-bit computer can only run 32-bit software, while a 64-bit computer can run 32-bit software as well as 64-bit software.
  • Different supported systems: 32-bit computers support 32-bit systems, while 64-bit computers support both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

2. How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 11?

The way to check the system type of Windows 11 is the same as that on Windows 10:

Step 1. Choose "Start > Settings > System > About".

Step 2. Find System type under "Device specifications".

Step 3. See if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

3. Is my computer 32 or 64-Bit Windows 8?

Find the operating system information in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 in these ways:

Step 1. Select "Settings" and click "Change PC settings".

Step 2. Choose "PC and devices > PC info". 

Step 3. Under PC, you will see the System type is a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

4. How to tell if your computer is 32 or 64-bit Windows 7?

Step 1. Click the Windows icon. Type computer in the search box.

Step 2. Choose "Computer" from search results. Right-click it and choose "Properties".

Step 3. Under Windows edition, you'll see which version and edition of Windows 7 your computer is running.

The Bottom Line

There are noticeable differences in hardware and software compatibility between 32-bit and 64-bit computers. Knowing whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit will help you use it properly. You can use the ways above to check which version is your system type on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

If you have any further problems on Windows computer, including Windows file restoring, feel free to contact us via email or live chat. 

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Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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