Many people get confused with 32-bit and-64 bit operating systems, the meaning of 32 bit and 64 bit is simple, it is nothing but how your processor manages the information. The notable difference between 32 bit and 64 bit versions of operating system is that 64 bit version utilizes the RAM more efficiently than a 32 bit system. Now let’s discuss frequently asked questions on 32 bit and 64 bit operating system.
How to know whether I am running 32-bit or a 64-bit Windows operating system?
It is simple to check whether you are running a 32 bit or a 64 bit version of Windows operating system. Just right click on My computer and click “Properties”, under system information you will get to know 32 bit or 64-bit OS.
Can I install 64-bit Windows operating system in-32 bit machine?
Of course you can install a 64-bit Windows operating system in 32-bit machine if your processor is capable of it. There is small app available developed by Steve Gibson to check whether can u install 64-bit Windows operating in your system or not. Check out the free app here.
Can I run 32-bit software in 64-bit operating system?
Almost all the 32-bit applications will run smoothly in 64-bit operating system but some antivirus products which are specifically designed for 32-bit versions can’t in 64 bit environment. The problem occurs when you try to install device drivers which are designed specifically for the 32 bit OS.
Can I run 64-bit applications on a 32-bit computer?
You can’t run 64-bit applications on a 32 bit computer as they are only compatible with 64 bit operating system.
What all software and hardware are supported by 64-bit operating system?
Microsoft has designed a webpage where you get detailed information on software and hardware that are compatible with 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. Check it here.