Check Whether A Program Is 64-bit Or 32-bit In Windows 10

2020-12-04
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Summary: Now, most Windows installations are 64-bit, so most people are using 64-bit operating systems and applications. On a 64-bit operating system, people can run 32-bit and 64-bit programs, while on a 32-bit installation, people can only run 32-bit programs. How to tell if an application is 32-bit or 64-bit? Look here for practical methods.

Firstly, we have to know which version of Windows you are using.

As mentioned above, if you use a 32-bit version of Windows, all installed applications are also 32-bit. 64-bit applications cannot be installed and used on a 32-bit operating system. However, if you use a 64-bit version of Windows, you can install and use 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

Is it possible to upgrade 32-bit apps to 64-bit? The answer is impossible.

We cannot upgrade a 32-bit program to 64-bit and vice versa. We have to uninstall the 32-bit program and install the 64-bit one, if available.

Let’s take a look at figuring out whether the installed applications are 32-bit or 64-bit.

Method 1. Via Task Manager

Step 1: Right-click space on the taskbar and select Task Manager to open it.

Step 2: Click the Details tab, and then right-click a column header and click Select columns.

Step 3: Check the Platform option.

Step 4: Finally, under the Platform, you can see whether a program is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Method 2. Via File Explorer

Step 1: Open File Explorer and move to This PC.

Step 2: Double-click the drive where you installed Windows 10, then you will see the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders.

Step 3: Open the two folders. 64-bit programs are usually installed in the Program Files folder, while 32-bit applications are installed in the Program Files (x86) folder.

It means that if an application or its folder exists in the Program Files folder, this application is the 64-bit version. Similarly, if the program is under the Program Files (x86) folder, it is a 32-bit program.

Method 3. Via Properties

Step 1: Locate the program’s launcher file or one of its shortcuts whose architecture you want to figure out. Then right-click on it and choose Properties.

Step 2: Click the Compatibility tab, and tick the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” box and expand the drop-down list. If the list starts with “Windows 95“, the program you select is 32-bit. If the list begins with “Windows Vista“, the program is 64-bit.

Method 4. Via About Or Help Menu

Some applications also indicate whether they are 32-bit or 64-bit in the About or Help menu. However, this is not a reliable solution to find out this information because only some applications provide it. Let’s take Google Chrome as an example.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and open its Settings.

Step 2: Go to Help and About Chrome. Then it will display its version number and whether it is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Check It Now!

The above lists four straightforward and practical ways to check whether a program is  32-bit or 64-bit. You can try them out without installing any third-party tools.

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