There are multiple ways to check whether a Windows computer is running 32-bit OS or of 64-bit one.
Check 32 or 64 bit using WMIC
You can get to know the OS architecture by running the below simple command.
wmic os get OSArchitecture
c:\>wmic os get OSArchitecture OSArchitecture 64-bit c:\>
Using program files folder:
If you have a separate program files folder for x86 applications(named Program Files(x86) ) then we can infer that you are running X64 Windows on your computer.
Few things to note:
- You can run X64 based Windows OS only on 64-bit computer. If your computer is of 32-bit then the software(Windows OS or any other applications) running on your computer must be of 32-bit only.
- If your computer is of 64-bit, then it does NOT mean that you have 64-bit OS. You can run either 32-bit OS or 64-bit OS on a 64-bit computer.
- Even if you are running 64-bit OS, you can still install 32-bit applications on your computer. All the 32-bit applications are installed to a separate folder named “C:\Programs Files(x86)“.