Windows bit dilemma everything you need to know
Window 10 so what’s all the buzz about? I have been a windows user for many years and still use windows pc. I was using windows 8 before the upgrade which i still use on some of my computers. I must say like windows 10 but they are buts.
How To tell if you are using Windows 10 or What Windows version you are using
Ok let’s begin this way; if you’re unsure what version of the Windows OS is running on your personal computer, then I will show you how to easily check it. All you have to do is to right-clicking the Start button on Windows and select “System”.
If done correctly a new windows window should pop out where you should see details of your window operating system. Usually the Windows Os version would be boldly displayed. In Windows 7 and 8 (and 10) you achieve the same results by just clicking “System” in the Control Panel. You could also just do a right click on the Computer icon [usually on your desktop] and select “Properties” and the details will show up.
Windows has 64 bit and 32 bit take note
In addition to knowing what version of windows operating system you are using you may want to look what bit too. If you look at the computer details you would notice that it also displays bits. It would usually show you a 64-bit processor, which is necessary to run 64-bit Windows or 32-bit operating likewise. Unless you have a really old PC (it would have to be over 10 years old), you should also have a 64-bit processor.
32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10 explanation
Ok now that you know what windows version you have, does it matter? Yes it does and a lot! Generally a 64-bit processor can handle twice the amount of information processing that a 32-bit can within the same period of time. The biggest difference between 32-bit and 64-bit OS(s) is that the 32-bit version has a lower memory access for it’s use. Usually this amount of memory for it’s use is less than 4GB of memory ( in total, for the entire system and this includes the memory in your video card).
For Windows it’s usually about 3.5GB total. For example, if you have a system with 4GB of RAM but your video card has 1GB of memory in it, that leaves just 2.5GB of memory for the OS to use, which isn’t much for a Windows PC.
Even worse is the fact that larger amount of memory on your system doesn’t increase it’s memory use and access above 4GB. Imagine you have an 8GB system running 32-bit Windows, that would still mean that there’s only 4GB of memory in your computer system for use. Only 64-bit systems can access and use more than 4GB of RAM, so this one cause alone is why most people choose one over the other.
Also if your computer has 64-bit processor and you’re using a 32-bit of Windows, your PC will not also function properly and many features may not work.
There is a workaround called Physical Address Extension (PAE). This allows 32-bit systems to access up to 64GB of RAM memory. However it is available for only server editions of Windows and not for normal windows upadates.
Although there are some other differences, the ability to access and use a limited amount of RAM is the main concern for most windows users. In fact, if you visit Microsoft’s FAQ on this subject, all it says is,
“The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.”
The Windows 10 64 and 32 bit recommended Solution
Anyway this article isn’t about whether you should switch from 32-bit to 64-bit but just to inform you so you can make better decisions. However, if you’re considering switching, you should first check if your PC has 64-bit drivers. Normally it should except the PC is very old.
Finally, as far as Windows 10 is concerned, if you’re running a 32-bit operating system (Windows 7 or 8) and perform an upgrade, Microsoft will give you the 32-bit version of Windows 10. If you want to move from 32-bit to 64-bit, you’ll have to perform a clean installation, which means buying a copy of Windows 10.