Windows Properties

How to Determine Windows 7 Computer is a 64 bit or 32 bit Operating System

Doubt why the program won’t work in your Windows 7 computer?

It doesn’t work because one of the following reason:

  • it might be a compatibility issue
  • program not supported
  • a corrupt/ damage program installer and more.

Finding an answer why the specific program wont work  is a hard task and  take a lot time just searching what are the possible culprit.  But before doing the hard task just try the basic first, to identify if you have a windows 7 64 bit or 32 bit operating system.

Here are the steps to get there:

  • Click Start (Windows Icon)
  • right click My Computer
  • click Properties

Under system you will see the following:

  • computer rating – the windows experience index
  • processor model and speed
  • installed memory capacity
  • computer name and its workgroup

In this case look at the system type, if you have 32 bit operating system it will display system type: 32-bit Operating System and system type: 64-bit Operating System for 64 bit Windows respectively.

The 32 bit operating system has a limitation of amount of memory can be installed and it can’t run 64 bit applications.

If you have more than 3 Gb of memory installed in your computer, it is recommended to used the Windows 7 64 bit operating system. The 64 bit can greatly improve your system overall performance by adding more memory and by using the 64 bit applications.

The Windows 7 64 bit can also run both 64 bit and 32 bit applications, but there is some minor downside, if you have an old program such as c program (a program used in programming) it won’t work. You need to have some third party tools  to be able to run it.



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