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How To Determine What Version Of Windows 7 You Have Installed, a 32 bit or 64 bit Version

Windows 7 Version Information Tutorial

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There are currently two versions of Microsoft Windows 7 , a 32 bit version and also a 64 bit version.  The two versions differ primarily in performance and security, with the 64 bit version coming out on top between the two flavors.  The Windows 7 64 bit version supports up to 128 gigabytes of random access memory (Ram), while the 32 bit version of Windows 7 can only address up to 4 gigabytes of ram. Windows 7 64 bit also performs better, especially with applications that were written to take advantage of it. The downsides of the 64 bit version of Windows include the fact that it can’t run 16 bit applications, while the 32 bit version still can support them in part. That’s not really an issue though since legacy 16 bit programs are rare these days. The 64 bit version of Windows 7 also requires all device drivers to be digitally signed by the developer, while the 32 bit version of Windows 7 does not have this requirement.

In this tutorial we will show you a quick way to determine what version of Windows 7 you have installed.

To determine your version of Windows 7, begin by:

  1. Clicking on “Start” or the Pearl in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Then click on the “Control Panel” shortcut.

  1. Next, click on “System and Security”.

  1. Next, click on “System”.

  1. Next, look under the “System” section on the information page to determine what version of Windows you have installed. This section will also list the amount of ram that you have installed as well.

The information in this article is provided "as is". It should be used for educational purposes only. Smith Technical Resources makes no guarantees or claims that the information contained in this article will help you completely remove the above listed malicious program(s) from your computer.

If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the procedures that we've listed on this page, please contact a professional computer repair company in your area and have them complete the needed repairs on your computer. Smith Technical Resources takes no responsibility for any possible damage that could result from your use of the above instructions.

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