In these last years, installing programs on Windows has become increasingly easier (especially with the launch of Windows 10). But with some applications, it’s still crucial that you install the software version’s appropriate binary form. Based on your Windows architecture (32-bit or 64 bit), you will want to install versions of software that are completely compatible with the default binary model built around your Windows edition. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to check the architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) of Windows 10.

Check the architecture of Windows 10

To check the architecture of Windows 10, follow any of these procedures step by step.

Method #1

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type This PC in the search box and then click the This PC option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the This PC option, the following screen will appear.

Now right-click on the This PC option from the left pane of the screen. Then choose the Properties option from the pop up menu as highlighted in the above image. As you click the Properties option, the following screen will appear.

The System type label will show the architecture (32 or 64 bit) of the Windows 10 as highlighted in the above image.

Method #2

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type cmd in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the OK button, the following screen will appear.

Now type the following command in the Command Prompt editor.

wmic OS get OSArchitecture

Then press the Enter key, you will see the following message regarding the architecture of Windows on your editor.

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Method #3

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Task Manager in the search box and then click the Task Manager option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Task Manager option, the following screen will appear.

Now click the Details tab as highlighted in the above image. The full version of Task Manager will show as the following image is showing.

Now right click on the Name column and then click the Select columns option from the popup menu as highlighted in the above image. As you click the Select columns option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Now scroll down and locate the Platform option. Check the Platform check box and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now you can check the architecture of each running program as the following image is showing.

Method #4

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type File Explorer in the search box and then choose the File Explorer option as the following image is showing.

As you click the File Explorer option, the following screen will appear.

Click the This PC option from the left pane of the screen. Then click the Local Disk C from the right pane as highlighted in the above image.

If a program is in the Program Files folder, it is of 64-bit architecture. But if a program is in the Program Files (x86) folder, it is of 32-bit architecture. Open both folders and you can check the architecture of each program located inside these folders.

Method #5

Before applying this method to any program make sure to install the Notepad++ in your computer.

Locate the executable program for which you want to know the architecture. Right click on the executable program and a menu will pop up as the following image is showing.

Now click the Edit with Notepad++ option as highlighted in the above image. Then the file will be opened with Notepad++. Now press the Ctrl + F keys and the following dialogue will appear in front of you.

Now type PE in the Find what textbox and click the Find Next button as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the Find Next button, the result of the search will appear in front of you. Now check the letter after PE in the search result. If the letter is L, the program is of 32-bit architecture. If the letter is D after PE, the program is of 64-bit architecture.

Conclusion

By following any one of these procedures, you will be able to check if a 32-bit or 64-bit file or program is running on Windows 10.

How to check if a 32-bit or 64-bit file or program is running on Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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