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Windows: 32 vs 64 bit How to Identify the Difference

While purchasing a new device you may stuck between 32-bit vs 64-bit architecture. We will explain in detail what exactly mean by 32 bit and 64 bit and what is the main difference? Before downloading any software or application you always need to make a choice between 32 vs 64 bit processor in order to make it compatible with your system architecture.


Almost every new device or PC comes with a 64 bit processor. So you might be thinking which is the best one to go with? In short an x64 based processor is comparatively faster, more capable and better performer.

The Difference Between 32 vs 64 bit

When it comes to Operating System Microsoft released all of its Windows OS including Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 both in 32 bit and 64 bit versions. So does it really matter as Windows 10 32-bit or 64-bit both running the same operating system? Yes it’s actually matter as there are many features and functionalities that are built to run on only 64 bit processor. Moreover a PC equipped with a 64-bit processor can perform better and handles more request as compare a 32-bit processor. If a PC running 32-bit Windows operating system can utilize a limited amount of RAM. For example if you running Windows 10 with a 32 bit version then the maximum usable memory is limited to 4 GB only.

A Short History Relating to 64 bit Architecture

In the year 2003 AMD first introduce the 64-bit processor. After that Apple and Microsoft upgraded their operating system to 64-bit version. The first ever 64-bit Windows OS availability was made possible in 2005 by the Microsoft. In 2009 Apple came up with Mac OS X Snow Leopard a fully compatible x64 bases operating system. The purpose was to get maximum out of the latest available technology.

How to check if you are running a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows OS

 So if you are trying to check which version of Windows 10 operating system you are currently running then it is quite simple, here is how to do this.

From Windows 10 Start Menu click on Settings > System and then About. You can also do that by simply typing About in Windows 10 search box. In Device Specification section there is a heading of system type here you can find version of your Windows 10 OS and processor type. In my case its: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor. For detail please check out the screenshot.

32-vs-64 bit-processor

 Although it’s not a big worry if you are running Windows 32 bit on an x86 based processor. However you may not been able to run few apps, Windows programs and high resolution games. In future you can upgrade your PC to make it working smoothly.


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