Query whether a 32- or 64-bit Windows is installed

Windows users are constantly faced with the problem that they do not know whether they have a 32-bit or a 64-bit Windows installation . This should be checked just before new software installations and the appropriate x86 or x64 installation should be carried out. We would like to introduce you to a few ways here that you can easily determine which Windows system architecture you have.

Query x86 or x64 via DOS command

The quickest way is to query the installed Windows operating system using the following command.


echo% processor_achitecture%

As you can see here, the result is ” AMD64 “. In this case you have a ” Windows 64-bit installation “. The output ” x86 ” is a Windows 32-bit installation.

Query Windows system type

Another option is to use the Windows Settings app, which you can open using the following key combination.

Query Windows system type via info

Then you have to enter the following search term in the Windows 10 search window.


After confirming the option ” Show processor information ” you will see the following display.

Windows 10 system type

Here you can see under the list type ” system type ” what Windows installation has. In this case it is a 64-bit Windows 10 system.

Windows system information

There is another option by pressing the following key combination (Windows key + pause).

Windows key + pause

You will then be shown a part of the Windows Control Panel , which also includes the Windows system type , as you can see below.

Call up the system type using the Windows key + Pause

The Windows system type is also displayed here, as in the “Windows 10 Settings app”. In this case it is a ” 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor “.

Read Windows system type via PowerShell

The last option is to design the desired Windows processor information via the PowerShell. To do this, you have to issue the following PowerShell command.

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_ComputerSystem -ComputerName. | Select-Object -Property SystemType

Below we have shown you an example of this PowerShell command.

Read system type via PowerShell

The result is ” x64-based PC “.

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