Most software and online tutorials often require you to know whether your system is running on a 32-bit architecture or 64-bit architecture. Since it is such an important thing to know, there are multiple ways to check if your Windows computer is 32-bit or 64-bit. All the methods listed below are pretty easy and simple to follow. Use any one of the methods and you should have your 32-bit or 64-bit information.
- PC Settings app method
- Control Panel method
- System Info tool method
- Command to find system architecture
- Third-party tool method
1. Use the PC Settings App
Windows 10 has a new PC Settings app that makes it quite easy to check if you are running a 64-bit or 32-bit system.
1. Open the start menu, search for Settings and click on the result to open the PC Settings app. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Win + I.
2. In the PC Settings app, go to System -> About. On the right panel, you will see your system architecture right next to System Type under Device Specifications section. If it says 64-bit or x64, you are running a 64-bit computer. If it says 32-bit or x86, you are running a 32-bit computer.
That is all. Close the app and you are done.
2. Control Panel Options to Find 32-bit or 64-bit
You can also use the good old control panel to find if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit. This method is particularly useful if you using Windows 7 or 8.
1. Open the start menu, search for Control Panel and open it.
2. In the Control Panel, select Large Icons from the top-right navigation bar. Next, scroll down and select the System option.
3. Just like with the PC Settings app, you will see if your system type is 64-bit or 32-bit by looking at the System Type section. If it says 64-bit or x64, you are running a 64-bit computer. If it says 32-bit or x86, you are running a 32-bit computer.
That is all.
3. Use the Built-in System Info Tool
Windows has a built-in tool called System Info that shows a whole bunch of information about your system in terms of its software and hardware. As such, you can easily find if you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit computer using the System Info tool.
1. Just like before, open the start menu, search for System Information and open it. This is the System Info tool that gives all the information you need.
2. In the System Information window, select System Summary on the left panel. On the right panel, you will see your system architecture next to System Type. If it says x64-based PC then your system is 64-bit. If it says x86-based PC then your system is 32-bit.
4. Command to Find If the System is 32-bit or 64-bit
If you want to, you can also use the Command Prompt or PowerShell to find if your system is a 32-bit or 64-bit. All you have to do is execute a single line command. I'm showing this in Command Prompt but the same command will work in PowerShell too.
1. Open the Run dialog box (Win + R), type cmd in the blank field and click on the Ok button. The command prompt window will be opened instantly.
2. In the command prompt window, type
systeminfo and press Enter.
3. You can find your system type next to System Type. If it says x64-based PC then your system is 64-bit. If it says x86-based PC then your system is 32-bit.
That is all.
5. Use a Third-party Tool
As an alternative, you can also use third-party tools to know if you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit system. So, as a choice of our software, we are going to use SecurAble. The good thing about this software is that it is portable and shows your system type in big bold letters.
1. First, head over to this site and download the software. Once downloaded, execute the application. Since this is a portable application, there is no need to install it.
2. As soon as you open the application, it will show your system type. If it says 64 Maximum Bit Length, your system is 64-bit. If it says 32 Maximum Bit Length, your system is 32-bit.
As an added benefit, the software also tells wheater your system has hardware virtualization or not. In case you are wondering, hardware virtualization is quite important for things like Windows Sandbox.
That is all. If you are ever thinking "Is my computer 64-bit or 32-bit", you now have the answer.