Do I have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7?

Windows 7 comes in a variety of different versions, and each version is appropriate for different types of users.

And while the choice of versions is often determined by what you need to do with Windows 7, or how much you want to spend, there is a piece of information that is dictated by the type of processor in your computer.

Because of this factor, Windows 7 comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

If you bought a computer that came with Windows 7 installed, you may never have had a reason to know whether you had the 32 or 64-bit version.

But if you are attempting to install a printer driver or a new piece of software, it is possible that you will need to know this information before you select the right driver or the right version of the software.

Our tutorial below will show you how to find this information on your computer.

Some of the more important files on your Windows 7 laptop or desktop are found in the AppData folder. Our guide on Windows 7 app data will show you how to find it.

How to Check If Your Windows 7 Version is 32-bit or 64-bit

The steps below will take you to a menu on your computer that lists some important information about the machine.

Aside from telling you whether you have the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Windows 7, it will also tell you which version of Windows 7 you have (Home, Professional, Ultimate, etc.), the amount of RAM that is installed, as well as other information that will be useful to know.

Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen.

click the start button

Step 2: Right-click the Computer option, then click the Properties option.

right-click computer, then click properties

Step 3: Find the System Type item. It will say next to that whether you have a 32-bit or a 64-bit operating system.

find the system type

Alternatively you can access the menu shown in Step 3 by clicking the Start button, typing “system” into the Search programs and files field at the bottom of the menu, then clicking the System option under Control Panel.

find menu with search tool

Now that you know how to tell whether or not you have the 23-bit or 64-bit version of Windows, you can find this information in case it is required for something that you are trying to install.

Do you need to find hidden folders or files on your computer, such as the AppData folder? This guide will show you what you need to do for your computer to display hidden files and folders.

Join Our Free Newsletter

Featured guides and deals

You may opt out at any time.
Read our Privacy Policy