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What is My Processor Architecture – 64-Bit or 32-Bit

what is my processor architecture

A question that users most of the time ask is if they have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. This is pretty easy to figure out if you guys already have Windows installed on your system. It’s only a matter of looking the information up as well. It’s also worth asking though, what determines which Windows you need to install? The 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installation is actually based on your processor’s architecture. In this artcile, we are going to talk about What is My Processor Architecture – 64-Bit or 32-Bit. Let’s begin!

Put simply, you have to check if your processor is 32-bit or 64-bit, in order to determine which Windows you have to install. Here’s how to check your processor’s architecture as well as how you guys can check if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed on your system.

32-bit vs 64-bit Systems: What’s the difference?

Processors in the early 1990s used 32-bit architecture actually. This means that their data bus actually had the capacity in order to handle 32 bits at a time. As the technology grew, 64-bit processors came on the scene too.

These newer processors have actually a data bus width of 64 bits. This means that they’re at least twice as fast as their 32-bit counterparts. In order to use the capabilities of 64-bit processors, operating systems began to release 64-bit versions as well.

One thing you have to remember is actually that a 64-bit processor can support either a 32-bit or a 64-bit OS. However, a 32-bit processor can only run a 32-bit OS. If you guys bought your PC in the last 7-8 years, you guys should have a 64-bit system. Don’t worry, I won’t force you in order to dig up and see when you bought your PC.

What is My Processor Architecture – 64-Bit or 32-Bit?

You have to open Command Prompt on your Windows machine. If you, understandably do not really have Windows installed and have to determine the processor’s architecture, we will get to that as well. In Command Prompt, you have to enter the following and click the Enter key.


If the Command Prompt returns AMD64, then it means your processor’s architecture is 64-bit actually.

Command Prompt along With No Windows Installed

You will need a bootable Windows 10 USB in order to do this. Now insert the USB and make sure it is the first boot device as well. You guys can change the boot device order from the BIOS. The Windows set-up will load as well. Choose your language, input method, and also time zone in order to proceed. Whenever you see the ‘Install Now’ screen, then do not click the Install Now button. Rather, look at the bottom left where you will see a ‘Repair your computer option. Choose it.

Then, choose the Troubleshoot option. Under Advanced Options, and then choose Command Prompt. Run the command in order to find out if your processor is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Windows – 32-bit Or 64-bit

Finding out if you guys have Windows 32-bit or 64-bit is pretty easy.

Windows 10 | what is my processor architecture

First, open the Settings app on Windows 10. Head to the System group of settings and select the About tab as well. Now scroll down, and it will tell you if you guys have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed as well.

Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10

This also works on all versions of Windows from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as well. You have to open the Control Panel. Head to System & Security. Then tap on the ‘View amount of RAM and also Processor speed’ option too. This will actually show you a comprehensive summary of your system. That includes what architecture Windows you have installed.

It’s really important that the Windows system type you install matches what your processor is actually built for. If it does not you guys will run into problems that will seemingly have to solution or also even an apparent cause. And if you’re installing an app and you guys have to select between x56 and x64. You will again have to know the system type in order to install the correct version of the app.

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