How to Find Out If Your Computer Is 64 Bit

By Kefa Olang

In your Windows operating system, bit refers to how powerful your CPU processor speed is and how your computer processor can handle and process data. 64-bit operating systems are more powerful than 32-bit operating systems. They process data faster because they are capable of handling larger amounts of random access memory (RAM). You may need to know if you are running a 64-bit operating system so that you install applications compatible with your operating system.

Windows 7 and Vista Users

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and right-click the "Computer" icon. Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Properties." A new window launches.

Step 2

Locate the "System" section. You should see 64-bit if you are using a 64-bit operating system.

Step 3

Close the window when you finish.

Windows XP Users

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and right-click the "My Computer" icon. Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Properties" to launch the System Properties dialog box.

Step 2

Locate the "System" section. If you see "x64 Edition," it means you are using a 64-bit operating system.

Step 3

Close the System Properties dialog box when you finish.