• What’s the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

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. Not all devices can run the 64-bit versions of Windows.

  • How do I tell if my computer can run a 64-bit version of Windows?

If you have a Windows operating system installed, open File Explorer or This PC.

  • Right click on This PC or Computer in the navigation pane and select Properties.
  • In the System information screen, find the System type entry. This will indicate what type of processor your device has.

If you do not have an operating system installed, you should refer to the documentation that came with the device. Most device and processor manufacturers also provide information regarding processor capabilities on their websites.