How To Check If Your Windows Operating System/PC is 32 bit or 64 bit

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.

Computer Properties

This will tell you if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system.

Windows 7

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.