32-Bit and 64-Bit Windows: Frequently Asked Questions

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32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

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32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. Hide all What is 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. How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows? To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following: 1. Open System by clicking the Start button Computer, and then clicking Properties. , right-clicking

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2. Under System, you can view the system type. If your computer is running Windows XP, do the following: 1. Click Start. 2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, then you're running the 32-bit version of Windows XP. If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP. Which version of Windows 7 should I install: the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version? To install a 64-bit version of Windows 7, you need a CPU that's capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. The benefits of using a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer, typically 4 GB of RAM or more. In such cases, because a 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system, a 64-bit system can be more responsive when running several programs at the same time and switching between them frequently. For more information, see Installing and...
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