How to Determine If Windows 10 Is 32-bit or 64-bit


You may be wondering that “Is my computer 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10?” You must know it when you need to download Windows drivers for your hardware devices, because there are drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit. Here are a couple of ways to help you find out whether Windows 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit on your computer.

1. Use Control Panel to Determine If Windows 10 Is 32-bit or 64-bit Version

If you’ve no idea about whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Window 10, you could view the operating system installation information in Control Panel. Take these steps:

Step 1. Open Control Panel

Step 2. Click System and Security

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Step 3. Click System

Step 4. Click View basic information about your computer. The System type will tell whether your Windows 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

Note: Either x64-based processor or x86-based processor indicates the hardware architecture. It is allowed to install a 32-bit edition of Windows 10 on either an x86 or x64 based system, but a 64-bit edition can only be installed on x64 hardware.

2. Run Command Prompt to Check If Windows 10 Is 32-bit or 64-bit Version

To determine whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10, you could also use command to open the Control Panel applet that contains the information of the system type. Take these steps:

Step 1. Open Command Prompt

Step 2. Type the following command and hit Enter

control /name Microsoft.System

The System type will tell whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10.

3. Check “Program Files” Folder Name

Checking the Programs Files folder name could also help know whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit of Windows 10. Because if your version of Windows 10 is 64-bit, you can install both 32-bit and 64-bit version of programs, so there are two different “Program Files” folders on your PC. But if there’s only one folder for 32-bit versions of Windows, your computer is 32-bit version and it can only install 32-bit version of programs. Check the Program Files folder name below:

(1 ) Two program folders exist on a 64-bit version of Windows 10:

32-bit location: C:\Program Files (x86)\

64-bit location: C:\Program Files\

(2) 32-bit versions of Windows 10 have just one folder:

32-bit location: C:\Program Files\

If you know other ways to tell whether Windows 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit, welcome to share with us in the comments section below.

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