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Determining if your version of Windows is a 32-bit or 64-bit version

You can determine if your version of Microsoft Windows is a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the operating system from a command line interface (CLI), i.e., a command prompt, using the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command wmic os get OSArchitecture:
C:\>wmic os get OSArchitecture
OSArchitecture
64-bit


C:\>

You can also pipe the output of the syteminfo command into either findstr or find to make the determination whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the OS:

C:\>systeminfo | findstr /C:"System Type"
System Type:               x64-based PC

C:\>systeminfo | find "System Type"
System Type:               x64-based PC

Note: the above commands were run on a Windows 10 system, but will work on earlier versions as well.

Also, if you have just a C:\Program Files directory, but no C:\Program Files (x86) directory, then you likely have a 32-bit version whereas if you have both directories, then you likely have a 64-bit version of Windows.

You can run either 32-bit or 64-bit applications on a 64-bit version of Windows, but you can only run 32-bit versions of applications on a 32-bit version of Windows. You can determine if an application is 32-bit or 64-bit using the steps noted at 32 or 64-bit Application.

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