4 Ways to Check If Windows Program Is 32 bit or 64 bit

Windows comes in two architectures, 32-bit and 64-bit. The difference between the two is the amount of memory they support and the performance. 64-bit Windows supports more than 4 GB of RAM while 32-bit client OS is limited to using 3 GB RAM only.

If you have 64-bit Windows installed, you can install 64-bit as well as 32-bit applications. Both can run in parallel as Windows 10 64-bit is backward compatible. The question arises how we can check whether an application is 32-bit of 64-bit. In this article, we will discuss different ways by which we can easily check whether an application is 32-bit or 64b-it.

Check program architecture using Task Manager

Open Task Manager through short key which is “Ctrl+Shift+Esc”. Then click on “more details” option.

Then from Tab, click on “Details” tab. There you’ll see no information about it is 32/64 bit. Right click on  “name” column. There you’ll see an option of “select columns”. Open it


Then a small window will appear. Find “platform” from the list and check the box. After applying “OK”. You’ll see the bit of each program in “Details” tab.

This is a simple way to find the program is 32/64 bit. Troll below for more other ways.

Using compatibility option

Go to again task manager and right lick on any program, then select properties.

Then click on “Compatibility” and check the check box of “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select “Windows 8” from the list.

Then a new window will open again, there is a check box of “Run this program..”, if your list starts with “Windows vista” then that program is 64-bit . And if the list starts with “Windows 95” then that Program is of 32 bit.

As above picture shows that list is starting With Windows visa so it is of 64 bit. Don’t apply any settings. Just check and close the properties.

Checking in Program Files

This is another simple and easy way to check the program is 32/64 bit.

When you download your program if it is 32 bit, it will save into “C:\Program Files (x86)” while all the programs of 64 bit save into “C:\Program Files”.

Using notepad

There is another simple and easy way is just right click on any icon of software or program and open it in notepad.

Open the finder of notepad by “Ctrl +f”. Then type “PE”, if you find “L” next to “PE” this means that Program is 32 bit.

If you find the letter “d” with arrow sign that means the Program is 64 bits.

These are easy and simple ways to find that whether your program is of 32 bit or of 64 bit. You don’t need to install any third party software as there are already many ways to check within your OS. I hope all these are easy to get and quick to check.