How to check if Windows 10 is 32 or 64-bit

Most Windows platforms have a 32 and 64-bit version. The 64-bit versions handle larger amounts of RAM more efficiently than 32-bit alternatives. Consequently, there are sometimes 64 and 32-bit versions of software. If the software version isn’t compatible with your OS, it isn’t going to run. So if you’ve got a program for Windows 10 that isn’t running, that might have something to do with the version. This is how to check if Windows 10 software is 32 or 64-bit.

First, if you’re not clear whether your system is 32 or 64-bit, you can check by opening File Explorer. Then you should right-click This PC and select Properties to open the window directly below. The window includes both the OS and processor system type details highlighted below.


If your system has both a 64-bit platform and CPU, you can run all 64 and 32-bit software. If that’s so, you might as well close this page as the ExeProperties program isn’t going to be much use. However, those with a 32-bit version of Windows or CPU can’t run 64-bit software. To check the software type, click Download ExeProperties v1.0 on this page to install ExeProperties.

Then open File Explorer and right-click a program EXE in a folder. Select Properties from its context menu. That will open the window directly below which now includes an Exe/Dll Info tab. Click that tab to open it.


The tab above tells you whether the software is 64 or 32-bit system type. If 64-bit that’s why it’s not running on your 32-bit system. Furthermore, below that it also tells you the minimum Windows platform the program is compatible with.

So ExeProperties gives you a quick way to check if software is compatible with 32 or 64-bit system type. Plus it also makes it clear what the minimum platform requirement is. But check the 32/64-bit software system requirements of commercial packages before installation, and always keep the receipt!

Posted by Matthew on September 5, 2016

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