How to know the bits of your computer OS CPU 32 or 64


This tutorial will teach you how to check & determine whether a computer CPU is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows 7,8 and 10 operating system.


In this article, you will learn how to know if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows OS. This tutorial contains how to manually determine whether a PC CPU is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

Technically, a computer’s bit count indicates how much data the machine will be able to process, the speed with which it can process the information, & the maximum memory capacity.

The terms 32-bit & 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows can handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively and better than a 32-bit system.

We may refer to the 32-bit processors as the older ones, although you have to check the specs on your processor, & the specs of your operating system. All Microsoft OS’s comes with both 32 and 64-bit versions.

So, therefore, To properly optimise the performance of a computer, the bit count of the operating system installed on the computer should match the bit count of the computer CPU itself.

How to check if your computer OS/CPU is 32 or 64 bits

Below, we will explain how to check if your computer/PC os & CPU is using the 32bit or 64bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

We will explain how to check via the Windows 7 operating system and also widows 8 & 10.


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How to Check your Computer BITs on Windows 7

Below is the step by step procedure to get it done on window 7 PC.

I. Click on start at the bottom left corner of the screen, or press the Windows key on your keyboardImage titled Windowswindows7_start.png.

You will see something similar to the below image.


windows 7 computer start menu


II. On the right-hand side of the windows 7 start menu, Right-click on Computer & some option will display via the context menu.

NB: If the My Computer app shortcut icon is on your computer desktop, you can right-click it instead.

On the context menu, click on properties. The properties option is likely to be the last option that will appear on the context menu.


check windows if windows 7 is 32 or 64 bit via system properties


III. Upon right-clicking on the properties tab, the system properties windows will open & you can see much relevant information about your computer.


determine windows 7 OS bits 32 or 64 bit


You will see the computer Cpu processor type, the ram and the system type. The system type is the area where you will see your exact computer bits, Maybe 32 or 64.


How to check a computer bits 32 or 64 on windows 8 & 10

Below is a step by step guide to know your computer os and CPU bits on a computer running Microsoft Windows 8 or 10. The procedure for both OS is pretty much the same.

I.  Open the windows start menu by pressing the Windows key on your computer keyboard Image titled Windowsstart.png or click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the computer screen. 

II. Once you open the windows start menu, click on “SETTINGS” at the left-hand side of the windows 10 start menu.


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windows 10 start menu


III. The windows 10 settings page will open, you will now click on SYSTEM. The system tab should be the first option on the left-hand side of the settings windows. It has a computer monitor-shaped icon.


check computer bit type


IV. A new window will open. Now Click on About. The about tab is at the bottom left-hand column of the options page.


about windows 10 in settings


V. Upon clicking on the about tab, the right-hand page of the same windows will display your windows computer specification. Look for the “System type”


check windows 10 computer system type if is 32 or 64 bits


The system type is near the bottom of the “Device specifications” section close to the bottom of the window. It will display either “64-bit” or “32-bit” at the front of the “System type”; that is your computer’s bit count.



The Howtechwork team believes this guide is simple and easy enough for any computer user to understand. You don’t have to be a tech-savvy or a geek to check the bits of your computer OS/CPU. However, if you are not a DIY type, you can also determine a Windows PC bit count by checking its system specifications on the internet.

Note that it is very much possible to run a 32-bit program on a 64-bit computer. It will work just fine; & is often necessary when using older programs on your computer. However, attempting to run a 64-bit application on a 32-bit system will generally result in technical problems. It will not work.

The best solution is to get a 32bit version of the program or software and install it on your PC. have fun.


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