If you have ever attempted to download and install printer software from the Internet, then you likely ran into an issue where the printer manufacturer was presenting you with two different Windows 7 versions of the printer software; one would have been 32-bit, and one would have been 64-bit. Windows 7 was released with both of these versions and, unless you know where to check, determining which version you are currently using could be difficult. Fortunately, however, you can find this information with a few short steps, ensuring that you will download the correct version of software for your computer in the future.
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Do I Have the 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows 7?
For most users, the difference between 64-bit and 32-bit versions of operating systems and software is never going to be an issue. In fact, short of these rare occasions where you need to determine whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit, the issue may never come up. But it is helpful to know where to find this information if you do need it, so follow the steps below to find out which version of Windows 7 you are using.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Right-click the Computer option in the column at the right side of the Start menu, then click Properties.
Step 3: Check the value to the right of System Type to see which version of Windows 7 you are running. For example, in the image below, I am using the 64-bit version.
Now that you know how to find out which version of Windows 7 you are using, check out this article on helpful file and folder options to know in Windows 7. Some of these can probably help you with issues that you have been having in locating hidden files or viewing file extensions.
Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.