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RiotsNotDiets Tue 21-May-13 21:14:39

What's the difference between 32 and 64 bit? And how do I find out which one my computer is/has?


nannynick Tue 21-May-13 22:20:28

Something to do with the way the processor (the brain thing inside the computer) handles information and I think affects how it accesses the memory.

If a MS Windows operating system, then try:

Start, Control Panel, Maintenance, System
Start, Control Panel, Security & System, System

Something like that. You will get a page up which tells you about what processor your system has and under category of System Type it will say 32bit or 64bit.

EatenByZombies Wed 22-May-13 01:17:52

Open docs/library/whatever and paste this
Control Panel\System and Security\System
into the bar at the top that will say c:\users\RIOTSNTDIETS\Library

Assuming you have Windows 7 it will say
"Windows Edition - - - - - - -
<loads of info>
System - - - - - - - -
<loads of info>

Under System there will be a line that says either
"System type: 32-bit Operating System"
"System type: 64-bit Operating System"

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

gaelicsheep Wed 22-May-13 01:49:30

You can also look to see if you have a first level folder called Program Files (x86) on your C drive. If so you have 64 bit machine. The (x86) folder is used for 32 bit programs running on 64 bit Windows.

EatenByZombies Wed 22-May-13 01:57:37

Easier o go straight to system, seeing as she can just copy/paste wink grin

But what Gaelic said is true, too

RiotsNotDiets Wed 22-May-13 09:24:51

Thanks everyone, it's a 64 bit!

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