We usually encounter many programs/applications that require a 32 bit or 64 bit processor or operating system. And usually we ask ourselves “ Do I have a 32 bit or a 64 bit processor or operating system on my computer ?”. In this tutorial i will show you how you can easily find out weather your computer is running on 32 bit or 64 processor or operating system.
The difference between the 2 processors is the speed. Obviously, a 64 bit processor can process much more data quicker compare to a 32 bit processor.
When it comes to operating system, a 64 bit OS can only be used on a 64-bit processor. On the other hand the 32-bit OS can be used for both 32-bit and 64-bit processors.
So, how do you know if you have a 32-bit / 64-bit processor or OS ? Here’s how
- Click the Start Menu
- Click “All Programs”
- Click “Accessories then System Tools”
- Click on System Information
Now Look on the OS name and Processor at the right side. If you see “x86” then you have a 32-bit processor and if it is ia64 or AMD64 then you have a 64-bit processor. Obviously, you have a 64-bit operating system / processor if you have Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition installed on your system.