How to Check a Computer for 64-Bit Compatibility


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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