What version of Windows am I running (32 vs 64 bit)?

This article will help you to understand which version of Windows you are running.

This is also useful when downloading Office 365 from the online portal (it asks what version you require) as well as other programs and drivers that are 32/64 bit machine exclusive.

Downloading the right version software for your computer is important! You may run into errors when running non 32 bit software on a 32 bit system (however downloading a 32 bit Office suite will not cause any problems unless using extremely large data sets or if you already have a 64 bit version of Office installed).

If you are unsure of what version of Office to install click HERE.

(This example is using Windows 8 64 bit)

  • Open Windows Explorer (press the Windows Key + E together or go to the Start Menu and type in “This PC” – For users of 7 and below this is called “Computer”)
  • Right click on clear space (as shown in the picture below).

This PC right click (edit)


  • Click the “Properties” option.
  • This will open a separate window titled “System” (like the one below).
  • This will show you details about your machine such as:
    • System Type (this tells you whether it is a 32 bit or 64 bit [32 bit systems are often described as “x86”] )
    • Amount of installed RAM
    • Processor and clock speed
    • Computer Name
    • Edition of Windows (10,8,7,Vista, XP etc).

System info screenshot (EDIT)


Alternatively you can access this from “Control Panel” (as shown above).

The path is:

  • Control Panel
    • System and Security
      • System

Any other problems? Please feel free to browse our Knowledge Base to try and find solutions.