On Windows operating systems, 64-bit type CPU processors are capable of running Windows operating systems with 32-bit architecture. But on the contrary, CPU processors with 32-bit type can *NOT* run Windows operating systems with 64-bit architecture.
Furthermore, it results in the choice of applications that can be installed. On Windows 64 bit, the 32-bit version of the application software can be installed properly. But on the contrary, Windows with 32-bit type can NOT run the 64-bit versions of application software.
The problem here is that users often don’t know the bit version of Windows OS that is used on their PC/laptop, 32-bit or 64-bit. In fact, by knowing the bit version of the Windows operating system, you can install the appropriate application software. Thus, the resulting performance becomes more optimal.
What is the bit version of Windows?
Talking about the bit version, it refers to terms related to data units. This data unit is used to calculate the amount of data types that can be handled by the CPU processor installed on your PC/laptop.
How to find out Windows 32 Bit or 64 Bit
Just as when trying to install an application in the Windows operating system (OS), we are often confused with the choice of versions between 32-bit or 64-bit. Although it sounds normal, but you need to know that to choose a application software must be in accordance with the bit-type of Windows installed.
Don’t worry, because in this article I will explain you how to find out the bit-version of Windows installed on your laptop/PC. Here are a few tricks to find out.
#1. First Trick: Knowing the Windows Version Through System Properties
This first trick is about open “System Properties” windows. You can do the trick by following the steps below.
- Please open Windows Explorer on your laptop / PC. Or to be more concise, press the following shortcuts: “Windows” key + leter “E” on your keyboard.
- Right-click on “This PC” in the left hand section, then select “Properties“.
- Then a window about “View basic information about your computer” will appear, where you will be able to find out the system type of your Windows OS, see at the System type section. It will show you “64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor” or “32-bit Operating System, x86-based processor”, or “32-bit Operating System, x64-based processor”.
It will show us that:
“xx-bit Operating System” is the bit version of Windows that is used by your PC/Laptop.
For those of you who use Windows 10, there are also other ways to find out which version of Windows you are using.
- Right-click on the “Start” button at your most left-below, then select “System” at the lists.
- In the “System” section > select “About“, then you can find out the version of the bit-version your Windows OS used.
There is also the fastest trick for those of you who want to know the bit version in Windows by pressing both “Windows” key + “Pause Break” on your keyboard simultaneously.
#2. Second Trick: Knowing the Windows Version Through Command Prompt
The second trick we do this is by using the command prompt to run a particular command.
- Press simultaneously: “Windows” key + letter “R” to open the Command Prompt. Then type “cmd”.
- After that, type the command “echo% PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%“, then Enter.
#3. Third Trick: Find out the version of Windows through Dxdiag Tools
This DXdiag is used to find out the specifications of components installed on your laptop/PC, such as seeing the amount of RAM, type of laptop, CPU, VGA and others. That way, you can find out which bit version of Windows is installed surely. Here are the ways:
- Press the key “Windows” + letter “R” button on your keyboard to execute the RUN function.
- Type “dxdiag” in the following search field. Then, press Enter.
- The Direct Diagnostic Tool window will appear. In that window, you can see information about the specifications of the system.
#4. Fourth trick: Knowing the Windows Version Through MSINFO32
This trick is almost the same as the second and third trick, which uses the RUN function to run the “msinfo” command. The following are the steps.
- Execute the RUN function on your computer by pressing simultaneously the “Windows” key + letter “R”.
- Type the command “msinfo32” in the search field.
- The “System Information” window will open. From here you can see the type of operating system you are using. On the right hand side that shows information “System Type”: x64 or x86-based PC.
Above are tricks you can do to find out the bit-version of Windows you are using. You can practice the above methods directly to understand it better. Hereafter you can install the application software in accordance with the version on the operating system, then the app can run well.