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    Windows 32 bit or 64 bit: Check and switch version - here's how it works

    If you want to buy a new PC or you want to upgrade your operating system, you will always have at least one question: Do I need Windows 10 with 32 bit or Windows 10 with 64 bit? We will explain you the differences between the systems, show you how to check which version you have installed and explain when a change is worthwhile.
    Microsoft has started the countdown. Starting January 14, 2020, the company will no longer provide security patches, updates and support for the popular operating system version Windows 7.
    That means that all users with computers, running on the Windows 7 operating system must prepare to switch to Windows 10(or higher maybe). As with Windows 7, Microsoft offers the latest operating system version in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This naturally raises the question: Which system is better and how can you switch it?
    Why Windows 10 with 64 Bit?
    The more powerful system is undoubtedly the 64-bit variant. Current processors are 64-bit capable almost without exception. The bit number describes the maximum memory value that the operating system can address simultaneously. This provides a speed advantage - if you use software specially designed for such 64-bit systems. Most software manufacturers have been offering their programs for both bit variants for several years now. However, if you use 32-bit software on a Windows 10 with 64 bits - it will be just as fast as Windows with 32 bits.
    In practice, you will notice the differences especially in compute-intensive applications. For example: Editing videos or playing high-quality games. However, those who only surf the Internet and write letters with Microsoft Word will not feel any difference and speed advantages.
    For old systems, a change is usually not worthwhile
    Anyone who has bought a PC in the last seven or eight years will most likely be able to meet the performance requirements of Windows with 64 bit and theoretically change. However, you should not necessarily switch if your PC meets the minimum requirements.
    For example, Microsoft specifies a minimum memory size of 2 GB. In reality, however, it has been shown in practice that a change is only recommended from a value of 4 GB. Otherwise, the PC cannot benefit significantly from the calculation of larger integer values. Therefore the rule of thumb applies: Especially with older, weaker systems the change to 64 bit is not worthwhile.
    Leonardo K., WebDeveloper at Freegenday.com recommends:”If you are currently using Windows 7 or want to switch from Windows 10 with 32 bit to the 64 bit version, it is necessary to take a close look at your own hardware beforehand. It may be sufficient to upgrade the working memory to make the PC fit for the change to Windows 64 bit.”
    Does your PC work with 32 or 64 Bit? How to find out
    Not sure if your PC is running Windows 32-bit or 64-bit? No problem, it is easy to find out in 3 steps:
    1. Right-click the Windows icon at the bottom left of the taskbar.
    2. In the context menu, choose System.
    3. Under Device specifications you will find the entry System type. Here you can see which operating system version you are currently using. The example computer runs Windows 10 with 64 bit.
    To switch from Windows 32-bit to Windows 64-bit
    Windows 10 64-bit is potentially faster and more powerful than Windows 10 32-bit. No wonder why many users are thinking about switching to 64-bit systems. But is it even possible on every computer? And how exactly do you switch to 64 bit?
    If you are considering switching, first check that your computer meets the necessary hardware requirements. Download and install the small, free tool CPU-Z. The tool analyzes the hardware of your computer and lists all important technical data clearly.
    Almost all processors have supported the 64-bit architecture for many years. If you want to install 64-bit Windows on a slightly older desktop PC or notebook, use CPU-Z to see if the processor is designed for it.
    Microsoft sets a minimum requirement for Windows 10 with 64-bit 2 GB memory. In fact, however, you should have at least 4 GB of RAM in order for the operating system to run smoothly. Click on the Memory tab at CPU-Z to see how much memory your PC has.
    The free hard disk space for Windows 10 with 64 bit must be at least 20 GB.
    For all peripheral devices, such as printers, scanners or card readers, you will also need corresponding new drivers after switching to Windows with 64-bit. On older devices you may be unlucky that the manufacturers do not provide drivers. In such a case you could no longer use the devices after an operating system move. It is therefore advisable to ask the manufacturers beforehand.
    Does your PC meet all requirements? Then you can switch to Windows 10 with 64 bit. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change from one bit version to another by just clicking on it. Instead, you must completely reinstall Windows on your PC - that is, reinstall Windows 10 with 64 bits. The old system is deleted! It is therefore essential to back up all important data beforehand.
    Conclusion: For whom is the change worthwhile?
    When purchasing your next PC, you should make sure that Windows 10 is pre-installed with 64 bits. Since all common programs now support 64 bit, the speed advantage is enormous. Whether a change to the 64-bit variant is worthwhile on your current system, however, depends on your current hardware equipment. If your PC meets the minimum requirements, an upgrade makes little sense. Otherwise, you should take advantage of the speed advantage and switch to Windows 10 with 64 bit.

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