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Do I have a 32 or 64 System

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ding dong

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My System says 64 but when i use Command Prompt it says 32?

 

 

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Hi ding dong,

 

To check what version of Windows you are running

  • Search for "System" with the search bar or go into control panel and look for "System"
  • In the Systems look at System Type: it will say what version you are running for example 64-bit Operating system or 32-bit Operating system.

 

Oddly enough I believe system32 and SysWOW64 are actually the opposite of what they sound like

 

  • system32 - Contains 64-bit DLLs
  • sysWOW64 -Contains 32-bit DLLs

Edited by Nyser, 17 December 2015 - 07:29 PM.

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All you have to do is bring up your System Settings (which are easily accessed either via "My Computer"/"This PC" or Control Panel):

 

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All versions of Windows have a system32 directory, because even 64-bit systems have some 32-bit "parts".  The presence of a system32 directory has nothing to do with whether you have 32-bit versus 64-bit.

 

 

 


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ding dong

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My system is a 64 bit system which I have already checked as per your screenshot...... what now?


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What do you mean, "What now?"  Your original and only question was how to determine whether you have a 32-bit versus a 64-bit system.  There's nothing else to be answered.


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ding dong

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I have a 64 bit system with a 32 bit command prompt?


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Nope!

The command prompt is referencing the System32 folder... it has nothing to do with whether or not you are running a 32bit or 64 bit Windows operating system... the same folder will be there in either.

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You just don't seem to be getting that the command prompt has nothing, absolutely nothing, with the bit-size your system uses.  That's directly dependent on your CPU/APU.

 

Every Windows installation has a C:\windows\system32 folder.  It has nothing, absolutely nothing, with whether your system is 64-bit or not.  64-bit systems still use some 32-bit libraries.

 

Here's a screen shot of how Command Prompt window looks when it opens on my system (without the yellow annotation text, of course). 

 

Yours opened up in C:\Windows\System32 because you chose to run it elevated as Administrator, and it opens in that folder when you do that.

 

Command_Prompt_Annotated.jpg


Edited by britechguy, 18 December 2015 - 05:16 PM.

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ding dong

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ok thanks..... problem solved I guess....


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You can check it in the "Properties" in computer.


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You just don't seem to be getting that the command prompt has nothing, absolutely nothing, with the bit-size your system uses.  That's directly dependent on your CPU/APU.

 

Every Windows installation has a C:\windows\system32 folder.  It has nothing, absolutely nothing, with whether your system is 64-bit or not.  64-bit systems still use some 32-bit libraries.

 

Here's a screen shot of how Command Prompt window looks when it opens on my system (without the yellow annotation text, of course). 

 

Yours opened up in C:\Windows\System32 because you chose to run it elevated as Administrator, and it opens in that folder when you do that.

 

attachicon.gifCommand_Prompt_Annotated.jpg

 

Now this solves the problem. Nice post britechguy.


Edited by MichaelMarks, 03 February 2016 - 10:26 AM.

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britech your answer is the best. So I upvoted it.


Edited by EmishOrc, 04 February 2016 - 12:23 AM.

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You have both - a 32 bit + a 64 bit command prompt on your system.

 

If you run cmd.exe from the \system32 folder - 64 bit

 

If you run cmd.exe from the \syswow64 folder - 32 bit

 

By default, an x64 Windows system will run the 64 bit cmd prompt.

 

Regards. . .

 

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