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pc hardware -- 64 or 32 bit ?

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I am running a 32bit OS, but think my PC hardware is actually 64bit.

How can I find out "BIT" what my hardware is ?
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by:Robert Sutton Jr
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What type of processor do you have?  Make/Model?
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by:finance_teacher
ID: 39602655
some are ADM, some are Intel
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by:finance_teacher
ID: 39602656
Advanced Micro Devices and Intel
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by:Robert Sutton Jr
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I would need some more information in order to assist you further. What I actually need is the  exact model number of the processors in question. If you aren't sure you can power on one of them and as soon as you see the Bios starting to post (black screen with white lettering right after powering on) it will display  this info. You can pause this to write it down by hitting the "Pause/Break" key on your keyboard. Let us know.
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by:John Hurst
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Run msinfo32 (part of Windows) and the summary will tell you under System Type.

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by:garycase
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Just download this free utility and run it ..

https://www.grc.com/securable.htm
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by:andyalder
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When was it made? Anything less than 5 years old will be 64 bit.
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by:finance_teacher
ID: 39603739
msinfo32 says "System Type = X86-based PC"

Is that 32 or 64 bit ?
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by:John Hurst
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X86 is 32-bit.   If it would be 64-bit it would say x64-based PC.

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by:garycase
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As I noted above, just run Securable to be certain you're looking at the right thing.

Just download it and run it  -- it's a very short download.

https://www.grc.com/securable.htm
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by:John Hurst
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Msinfo has always been 100% accurate for me and it is built in.
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by:finance_teacher
ID: 39603861
Who is correct ?

msinfo32 says "System Type = X86-based PC"
Securable.exe says is it 64bit
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MSInfo does NOT tell you whether your system is 32 or 64 bit.   Securable DOES.

What MSInfo is telling you is that your installed Operating System is 32-bit

Securable is telling you that you can install a 64-bit OS because your hardware is 64 bit

In other words, the answer to your question is Yes, your hardware is 64-bit
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