Are You Running Win10 32 Bit or 64 Bit

How to determine if you are running Windows 10 32 bit or 64 bit.–PC Pitstop

Are You Running Win10 32 Bit or 64 Bit

By Dave Taylor

The Question:Hey Dave, How do I tell how many bits my Windows 10 op sys is, 32-bit or 64-bit?

Dave’s Answer:

For reasons that I’ve never really understood, Windows is the only operating system that makes you decide if you want the “32-bit” version or the “64-bit” version, without ever really explaining which is which or even having a recommendation based on your hardware and CPU configuration. Fact is, I expect most people are lucky that they have the OS pre-installed when they buy a laptop or desktop PC so they don’t have to worry about this question.

So what is the difference? Let’s see what Microsoft says: “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.”

Okay, so why would you ever run 32-bit Windows 10? According to Microsoft again: “Most of the performance gain in computers running a 64-bit version of Windows comes from this added memory, combined with a powerful 64-bit processor able to use that extra memory. But for most people who just keep a few programs running at a time, 4 GB or more of memory offers no tangible benefit over a computer with 2 GB of memory and a 32-bit version of Windows.”

The long and short of it: If you are getting a new or newer PC you should be running the 64-bit version of Windows.

Finding out what version you’re running turns out to be really easy, particularly on Windows 10

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