How To Determine if you have a 32 bit or 64 bit system.

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How much data it can process, the speed with which it can process the data, and the memory capacity. In order to optimize the computer’s performance, the bit count of the operating system that is installed on the computer should match the bit count of the computer itself.

This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user. You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.

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Determine the operating system bit count Locate the operating system that is run…

Determine the operating system bit count

Locate the operating system that is running on your computer in this section, and then follow the steps to determine the bit count of your operating system.

Windows Vista

If you have Windows Vista, there are two methods to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version. If one does not work, try the other.

Method 1: View System window in Control Panel

1. Click Start

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Start button

, type system in the Start Search box, and then click system in the Programs list.

2. The operating system is displayed as follows:

* For a 64-bit version operating system: 64-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.

* For a 32-bit version operating system: 32-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.

Method 2: View System Information window

1. Click Start

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Start button

, type system in the Start Search box, and then click System Information in the Programs list.

2. When System Summary is selected in the navigation pane, the operating system is displayed as follows:

* For a 64-bit version operating system: x64-based PC appears for the System type under Item.

* For a 32-bit version operating system: x86-based PC appears for the System type under Item.

If you cannot determine the operating system bit count with these methods, go to the "Next Steps" section.

32 or 64

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Windows XP

If you have Windows XP, there are two methods to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version. If one does not work, try the other.

Method 1: View System Properties in Control Panel

1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. Type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.

3. Click the General tab. The operating system is displayed as follows:

* For a 64-bit version operating system: Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Version < Year> appears under System.

* For a 32-bit version operating system: Windows XP Professional Version <Year> appears under System.

Note <Year> is a placeholder for a year.

Method 2: View System Information window

1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. Type winmsd.exe, and then click OK.

3. When System Summary is selected in the navigation pane, locate Processor under Item in the details pane. Note the value.

* If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with x86, the computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows.

* If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with ia64 or AMD64, the computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows.

If you cannot determine the operating system bit count with these methods, go to the "Next Steps" section.

Windows Server 2003

If you have Windows Server 2003, there are two methods to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version. If one does not work, try the other.

Method 1: View System Properties in Control Panel

1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. Type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.

3. Click the General tab. The operating system is displayed as follows:

* For a 64-bit version operating system: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition appears under System.

* For a 32-bit version operating system: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition appears under System.

Method 2: View System Information window

1. Click Start, and then click Run

2. Type winmsd.exe, and then click OK.

3. When System Summary is selected in the navigation pane, locate Processor under Item in the details pane. Note the value.

* If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with x86, the computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows.

* If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with EM64T or ia64, the computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows.

If you cannot determine the operating system bit count by using these methods, go to the "Next Steps" section.

Notes

* To find the computer’s bit count, see the documentation that was included with the computer, or contact the hardware manufacturer.

* Intel Itanium-based computers can run only 64-bit versions of Windows. Intel Itanium-based computers cannot run 32-bit versions of Windows. Currently, 64-bit versions of Windows run only on Itanium-based computers and on AMD64-based computers.

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NEXT STEPS

If you cannot use these methods to determine the operating system bit count, unf…

If you cannot use these methods to determine the operating system bit count, unfortunately this content cannot help you any further. As a next step, you might want to ask someone for help, or you might want to contact Support. For information about how to contact Support, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus)

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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APPLIES TO

* Microsoft Windows XP Professional

* Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

* Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2

* Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003

* Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

* Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition

* Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition

* Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

* Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition

* Windows Vista Business

* Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition

* Windows Vista Enterprise

* Windows Vista Home Basic

* Windows Vista Home Premium Beta

* Windows Vista Ultimate Beta

* Windows Vista Starter

* Windows Vista Ultimate

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)

* Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64

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