Just like its predecessors, Windows 10 is also available in both 32-bit and 64-bit types. If you installed Windows 10 yourself or upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows, you likely know how to check if you are running 32-bit or 64-bit type of Windows 10.
There are many instances where you need to know the type of Windows operating system that you’re running on your PC. For instance, while downloading hardware drivers, you need to select the type of Windows 10 to begin the download as 64-bit drivers can’t be installed on 32-bit Windows install.
To figure out which type of Windows 10 installed and running on your PC, please follow the directions in one of the two methods given below.
For those of you wondering, it’s not possible to perform in-place upgrade from 32-bit Windows to 64-bit Windows. You need to perform a clean install of 64-bit Windows.
Method 1 of 2
Check the type of Windows 10 in System properties
Step 1: Right-click on the File Explorer entry in the Start menu, click More, and then click Properties to open System window.
Step 2: Here, under System section, check the type of the operating system to know the type of your Windows 10 operating system. If the type is x64, you will see 64-bit operating system entry instead of 32-bit operating system.
And if you’re seeing “32-bit operating system, x64-based processor” as system type, your PC is running 32-bit version of Windows 10 on a 64-bit capable PC.
Method 2 of 2
Determine the type of Windows 10 in Settings app
Step 1: Open Settings app either by clicking its icon in the Start menu or using Windows logo and I hotkey.
Step 2: Click System (Display, notifications, apps, power).
Step 3: Click About.
Step 4: Check the entry labelled System type to know the type of Windows 10 installed on your PC. If will be either 64-bit operating system or 32-bit operating system.
Hope this helps!