When you’re installing new programs on Windows 10 like our top 10 programs for Windows 10 we couldn’t live without you will have to make sure to install the correct version, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Why The Bits Of Your Operating System Matters
Your operating system is either optimized for a 32-bit or 64-bit. What that means is that the one operating system supports a larger memory address. The difference is quite significant: 32-bit processors can only handle up to a certain amount of memory (you may know it as RAM, random access memory). Fortunately, the CPU in your PC can already handle 64-bit unless you are running a really old PC (pre-2010-era) and you can unlock a lot of potential by installing a 64-bit operating system.
On a 32-bit system with only 4GB RAM you will have problems running the latest programs and games without issues and it will be slow, incredibly slow. I recommend everyone with a little spare money to invest into at least 8GB, better yet 16GB of RAM. Hardcore users like myself may even need 32GB to run many programs simultaneously, but for gaming rigs 16GB is very sufficient. Only office PC’s that you rarely use can live with 4GB these days, but for a smooth operation 8GB and a 64-bit OS is HIGHLY recommended.
Ok, Please Tell Me How To Verify How Many Bits My Operating System Has!
Nothing easier than that! Here are step by step instructions for Windows 10:
1. Into the search bar enter “system”
2. Now open the link that says system with the blue screen and the check mark. This is the general system panel of Windows 10 that will show you basic information about your computer.
Here’s what it will show you in detail:
- Windows edition (Pro, Home, etc)
- Your CPU/Processor and the clock rate (the GHz)
- Your installed memory (RAM)
- Your system type, either 32-bit or 64-bit
- Whether you have a pen and toch input installed
- Your computer name
- The current workgroup
- Wheter Windows 10 has been activated correctly
- The product ID of your current Windows 10 installation
As you can see, you can get quite some useful information here that will help you to better understand what your PC is capable of.