When we need to install a driver or software onto your computer, it is very confusing “is my Windows 32 bit or 64 bit?” This tutorial will explain how you can tell if you are running a 32 bit / 64 bit Windows.
What is 32 bit / 64 bit?
These two terms are frequently used in the computer industry. Actually, it is the hardware architecture of the PC how a processor handles the information. In 32 bit maximum 3 GB of ram can be handled, But 64 bit architecture can handle more than that.
you require same bit of software / driver as per your windows bit architecture
Actually, it depends on the architecture of the operating system which is installed on our pc. Like for 32 bit windows, you need a 32 bit windows driver or software.
How to determine, is Windows 32 bit or 64 bit?
It is easy to find out the bit architecture of the installed windows. Follow the below instruction to find out which computer structure are you using: 32 bit or 64 bit.
Note: 32 bit is also known as (x86) and 64 bit simply known as (x64)
(x86) = 32 bit
(x64) = 64 bit
The different version of windows can have different steps. Please select your windows version.
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Step1: Click on “start button” and right-click on the “computer” or “My computer”, and then click on “properties”
Step2: After clicking on properties you’ll get a window which has listed all the system info, go to “system type” and check it’s value there. It would be either 32 bit or 64 bit, so it the your system type.
Watch Video Tutorial – How to check my computer is 32bit OS or 64bit in Windows 7?
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Step1: Right-click on “start button” (start screen in Windows 8) and you will get a menu, left-click on “system”
Step2: After clicking on the system you’ll get a window which has listed all the system info, go to “system type” and check it’s value there. It would be either 32 bit or 64 bit. So it is your system type of your operating system.
Watch Video Tutorial – How to check my computer is 32bit or 64bit in Windows 10, 8.1?
Now you know which Windows bit is installed on your PC. Download the same bit of the printer driver for your Windows.
Questions & Answers
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Question: Can I install to windows 98.
Answer: Yes, the steps are same for Windows 98 as well. You can check the OS version by right-click on "my computer" and then click on "properties".
Question: I dont see windows 7
Answer: Windows 7 steps are already listed above. You need to check the "System type" field to get your system bits information. The Windows 7 video is pending yet (Jan 24, 2019). We'll add the video very soon.
Question: what I do computers running windows 10 pro
Answer: The steps are same for Windows 10 Pro as well. You can follow the same steps.
Do right-click on "my computer" icon and then click on "properties" and then this window will show you all the information about the computer. Please see the screenshot below