How to Find Out Which Sytem Type (32-bit or 64-bit) of Windows You Are Using

There are many software programs can be downloaded from the Internet, sometimes people may be confused about the question of which version of software should be chosen when they visit the download page and prepare to download the software.

Which Version Should Be Chosen? 64-bit or 32-bit ?

Image A-1: The download section of 7-Zip official homepage.
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For example, when a man is preparing to download 7-ZIP, the most popular file archiver freeware in the world, but he is confused about which download link is correct for him to download because he doesn't know which system type of Windows he is using. Which version of 7-ZIP software should be downloaded depends on the system type of Windows operating system.

Windows 7

For Windows 7 operating system, to determine what bit count of Windows is your computer running, examine the system information. There is a simply way to do this, just use the following steps.

Windows 7 Control Panel

Image A-1: Windows 7 Control Panel
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First, click Start button in the left bottom corner, and then you can see a shortcut called "Control Panel", click and get into it. After getting in Control Panel, the first item System and Security is right here. Click it to continue.

System and Security Under Control Panel - Windows 7

Image A-2: System and Security under Control Panel

In the System and Security category of Control Panel, click System.

System Under Control Panel - Windows 7

Image A-3: System Type is under System section

The System type is under System section, look for it among the other statistics about your computer.  The System type will report either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.

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