How to Determine Whether You Are Running a 32-bit or a 64-bit Edition of Windows

How to Determine Whether You Are Running a 32-bit or a 64-bit Edition of Windows





By using System Information (msinfo32.exe) tool


If you are not sure which version of Windows that you are running or whether it is a 32-bit version or 64-bit version, open System Information (msinfo32.exe), and review the value that is listed for System Type. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Run, or click Start Search.

2. Type msinfo32.exe and then press ENTER.



3. In System Information, review the value for System Type.

  • For 32-bit editions of Windows, the System Type value is x86-based PC.



  • For 64-bit editions of Windows, the System Type value is x64-based PC.

 




By using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) tool


This information can be retrieved also from the Windows command line by using the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) tool. To use this tool, open a command prompt window, type wmic os get OSArchitecture command at the command prompt and then hit Enter. Look at the following example:

 

By using systeminfo command

To get a system architecture by using systeminfo command, do as the following example:




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  • Luigi Bruno edited Revision 2. Comment: Edited the page's contents.

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 8. Comment: Great article! Updated title casing and added tags.

  • How about by clicking the Computer properties and checking that way? (via Windows Explorer)

  • Or by pressing Win + Pause.

  • Richard Mueller edited Revision 9. Comment: Removed (en-US) from title

  • I think other ways may be added directly to the article. Also, it is for Windows 7, as Windows 8 doesn't have Start button

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