Running a 64-bit operating system on a computer can increase the performance of applications that require more memory and processing power. However, your computer must be 64-bit compatible before you install a 64-bit operating system. If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows 7, you can easily find out whether your computer is capable of running a 64-bit operating system.
Click "Start," type "Windows Experience Index" -- without quotes -- into the search box that appears, and press "Enter."
Click the option labeled "View and print detailed performance and system information."
Check the section labeled "System." If your computer is 64-bit compatible, you should see "Yes" next to "64-bit Capable."
Tips & Warnings
- You will not see the "64-bit Capable" option under the "System" section if you are already using a 64-bit version of Windows 7.
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