32-bit or 64-bit

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The title for this post should have been “How to check if the program that is installed is a 64-bit or 32-bit application?” since it’s too lengthy, I need to truncate it.

Changing one computer to another just like changing a socks but changing operating system is a whole different ball game. I recently change from a WinXp computer to a new Win7 (64 bit) computer, most of the program that I used are bundled with the new computer, however since I have some software that are for Windows XP only, so I checked their web site if these programs are compatible to Windows 7 (64) and fortunately enough 99% of the softwares (and games) I used are compatible.

Installing the programs is a breeze, but when I ran them some software, require updates are to run properly. This led me to think that they’ll be using the 64 bit computing power of Windows 7. However, 100% of the program that I installed and even the bundled one’s are running on 32-bit mode.

If you want to check if the software that is installed on your computer is on 32-bit or 64-bit mode, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Windows Task Manager, the easiest way to do that is to press at the same time the CTRL – SHIFT – ESC key on your keyboard, you can also right-click on your Taskbar, then select START TASK MANAGER.

2. Once the Task Manager is open, just click on the PROCESSES tab and any process that has the “*32” at the end of the file name, is running on 32-bit mode.
3. You can check the screen-shot that I took below, there are a lot of programs running in 32-bit mode on Windows 7 (64-bit), you can see RealPlayer, SpySweeper, PlantsvsZombies, PhotoShop Elements 8, even the Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is on 32-bit mode.

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Another thing, if you want to know how to check if you are using a 64-bit or 32-bit Windows 7, you can follow these steps:
1. If you have the COMPUTER icon on your Desktop, just right-click on it then select PROPERTIES, it will then open the SYSTEM window.
2. Another way to open the SYSTEM windows is via the CONTROL PANEL then just double click on the SYSTEM icon if you’re in the Classic View.
3. If you’re in the Category View, you can click on SYSTEM and SECURITY and then double click on SYSTEM icon to open the SYSTEM window.

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From there you see the SYSTEM TYPE as 64-bit Operating System.

Last modified: August 7, 2010

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