Very often, when you are trying to download a software product from some web site, you are given a choice of a 32- or a 64-bit version. (Note that most of our products do NOT require such a selection: they detect the "bitness" of Windows and install the appropriate files automatically for you.) Still, if you need to know the flavor of Windows that your computer is running, how to find it out?
The procedure to display such information is different for different versions of Windows. For example, if you have Windows 8 (or Windows 8.1), then you could do the following:
- Launch File Explorer (switch to the Desktop mode, if you have not done so already)
- Right-click on the Computer item in the navigation pane
- Choose Properties on the shortcut menu
After you do that, the System Properties window should open, displaying all kinds of information, including the "bitness" of Windows installed on your computer:
OK, that's how to do it on a Windows 8 computer, what about the earlier versions of Windows? You can do the same steps, only instead of File Explorer launch Windows Explorer (that's how it was called before Windows 8). Or, you could open the Start menu and right-click on the Computer (or My Computer) item there, to display the shortcut menu with the Properties command.
Note that if you have Windows XP, then the System information may not contain the "bitness": if so, you can safely assume your computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows XP.
Now, when some web sites asks you to choose between a 32- or 64-bit download, you will know how to make the right decision.
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