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Is the Windows Version on My Computer 32-bit or 64-bit?

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Introduction

Some software and drivers install only on 32-bit Windows operating system types. Some install only on 64-bit Windows system types. To download software and drivers from HP download sites, you might need to select a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the software.
Figure 1: Example of operating system selections on an HP Software and Driver Downloads page
Image: Example of operating system selections on an HP Software and Driver Downloads page
NOTE:If an HP software download page does not list 32-bit or 64-bit, the system type is 32-bit.
Click the Plus sign ( ) next to your operating system for steps to find which Windows system type you have.
Follow these steps to determine if your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Video of finding which Windows 8 system type is installed on your computer

The following video demonstrates how to find which Windows 8 system type is installed on your computer.
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  1. Right-click or tap and hold the lower left corner of the screen, and then click or tap System in the menu.
  2. Find System Type in the System window, and then note whether your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit.
    Figure 2: Example of a 64-bit Operating System type in the System window
    Image: Example of a 64-bit Operating System type in the System window
  1. Click the Windows icon ( ), and then right-click Computer .
  2. Select Properties .
  3. Find System Type on the Properties window, and then note whether your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit.
    Figure 3: Example of a 64-bit Operating System type in the Properties window
    Image:  Example of a 64-bit Operating System type in the Properties window
  1. Click Start , and then right-click My Computer .
  2. Select Properties .
  3. On the General tab, locate the Windows XP version name listed under System .
    • If the version name contains the text x64 Edition , your computer has a 64-bit version of Windows XP.
    • If x64 Edition does not display, your computer has a 32-bit version of Windows XP.
    Figure 4: Example of a 64-bit Operating System type in the System Properties window
    Image: Example of a 64-bit Operating System type in the System Properties window