The steps to determine whether your computer has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor (CPU) depend on the type of operating system on the computer. Below are the steps to determine the processor type for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Click Start and in the Start Screen or Start Menu type system information and select the System Information icon. On the Windows operating system, go to the
Start menu All Programs. Open the Accessories folder, then the System Tools folder. In the System Tools folder, select the System Information option. On the right side of System Information, look for the System Type option under the Item column. The associated value, in the Value column, will tell you which type of CPU the computer has in it. If the System Type value includes \”x86\” in it, the CPU is 32-bit.
If the System Type value includes \”x64\” in it, the CPU is 64-bit. If you want to determine if the version of Windows on your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit, follow the steps below for your version of Windows. Keep in mind that a 64-bit processor can be using either a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows and that a 32-bit processor can only use a 32-bit version of Windows. Determine if Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit Press and Hold the and the In the System window, next to System type it will list 32-bit Operating System for a 32-bit version of Windows, and 64-bit Operating System if you re running the 64-bit version. Below is a picture and an example of this window.
Press and Hold the and the or open the System icon in the. In the General tab of the System Properties window, if it has the text Windows XP, the computer is running the 32-bit version of Windows XP. If it has the text Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, the computer is running the 64-bit version of Windows XP. Windows operating systems, from Windows 95 to Windows 2000, are all 32-bit. There are no 64-bit versions of these operating systems. On the macOS click on the Apple icon in the. Select the About This Mac option in the Apple menu. On the About This Mac window, click the More Info option. Open the Hardware section and find the Processor Name attribute. Once listed do a search on the Internet for that CPU to determine if it is a 32-bit or 64-bit CPU. As seen in the above chart all of the most recent Mac computers are 64-bit processors.
On the Linux operating system, access the command line interface and enter the following command. in the command output. If lm is found in the output, then the CPU is 64-bit. If you don\’t see lm or see i386, i486, i586, or i686 in the output, then the CPU is 32-bit. Below is an example output of the above line with lm in the information. Using the, you can determine if your Linux kernel is 32-bit or 64-bit by running the command below. This command would give you output similar to the example output below. If you see x86_64 in the output this indicates it is and that it is 64-bit.
To find out if you are running the 32-bit or 64-bit edition of the Windows XP, Vista or 7 operating system: On Windows Vista / 7 1. Click Start Computer. 2. From the menu bar, click System properties to view basic information about your computer. 3. Under System System type you will find system type details. On Windows XP 1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. 2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the General tab. 3. Under Computer you will find system type details. If you have the 64-bit edition, text 64-bit Edition will appear at the end of your operating system. If you do not get this text, your computer is running the 32-bit edition. For more information, please see.