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How Do I Know If I Have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows®

April 18, 2013  |  Difficulty: Easy

Know If I Have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows®

Whether your operating system was installed by someone else or preinstalled by a manufacturer, you should know what version of the system you have. Knowing if it is 32-bit or 64-bit is important when you download drivers, applications or software available in both versions. There are many ways to know which version of Windows® is installed on your system. The instructions below demonstrate one easy way.

Finding Your Windows® version:

  1. Click on the “Start” button.
  2. Right-click on the “Computer” (“My Computer” in Windows XP®) and select “Properties”.
  3. In the “System“ section, find the “System type” item. Here you can see “32-bit Operating System” or “64-bit Operating System” information.
    In Windows XP®, you should find this information directly in the “System” description.

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