It can be quite confusing for many users to determine if their Windows operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit. Such information is often required when downloading drivers or other software which only works with specific operating system types. In this post I will tell you how to determine if you Windows operating system or computer hardware is 32-bit (also known as x86) or 64-bit (x64).
To see if your Windows operating system is 32-bit or 64 bit, right click on your computer (My Computer) icon from the desktop or start menu and select Properties.
This will tell you if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system.
To check your hardware architecture, including the fact that if your computer supports 64-bit operating systems, here are a few guidelines.
Dual Core: 64-bit support. I doubt there are many dual core which cannot support 64-bit, even netbook versions. In fact I can’t seem to recall a model which does not support 64-bit operating systems.
Note: If a computer can support 64-bit operating system, it can also support 32-bit versions.
Core2Duo: All models support 64-bit operating system and naturally, also support 32-bit Windows as well.
Corei3: 64-bit support
Corei5: 64-bit support
Corei7: 64-bit support
The only tricky system will be the single core ones for which it is always advised to check out the manufacturer’s website.