How to tell if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10

How to tell if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10


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How to tell if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10 - Check if you have a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) OS

Sometimes it is important to know if you have a 32-bit (sometimes called x86) or 64-bit (sometimes called x64) version of Windows 10. Drivers will often be designed for specific versions of Windows and some software is only designed to run on 64-bit systems. 32-bit software should run on both versions.

It's easy to find out which version you are running - just take a look in the System Properties panel. To open this, press Windows Key + Break (a handy keyboard...
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To add, the Break key on some keyboards may say Pause. On Notebooks/Laptops it may be a pair of keys, the Fn plus another Fx key or may be just an Fx by itself, will be marked with same color as the Fn key. However the Windows key + R and typing winver gives more information about Windows itself such as Version and Build numbers, important to know.
 

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I think, another but possibly quicker way, is to have a look in your File explorer.

If you have two "program files" (one will say Program files (x86) then you are running a 64Bit system. If you only have a 32Bit system, then there will only be the one folder.
 
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I think, another but possibly quicker way, is to have a look in your File explorer.
If you have two "program files" (one will say Program files (x86) then you are running a 64Bit system. If you only have a 32Bit system, then there will only be the one folder.
Right, x86 will have only Program Files which holds most installed programs while x64 will have Program Files for 64-bit programs and Program Files (x86) for the installed 32-bit programs.
 

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