I need a page explaining to my customers how to check whether their Windows (any version) is 32bit or 64bit.

All I have found is How can I find out whether my Windows is 32bit or 64 bit? which unfortunately says "specifically XP and Vista", so no answer talk about Windows 8 and Windows 10 (even though the procedure is different).

Should I create another question (with community wiki answer) about ALL Windows versions?
Or should I edit the question above to include later versions of Windows, and append the Windows 8 and Windows 10 ways to the top answer?

Rather than having a separate question for each version of Windows, I hope we can have a single QA explaining the procedure for all Windows versions, that would be much more worthwhile linking to, and such a page would probably be very popular.

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    The vista method works until 10. Feels like a minor edit would work here...
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Feb 19, 2016 at 7:28
  • @JourneymanGeek: The Vista method talks about a "Programs list", which does not exist in Windows 8. Feb 19, 2016 at 7:31
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    superuser.com/a/36100/10165 still works identically. I donno. Still seems redundant
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Feb 19, 2016 at 7:33
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    It mentions going to control panel and selecting "system" which is correct, I think the the "programs list" is just a terminology difference saying to use the list view for the control panel rather than the confusing grouped view. An edit stating how to get to the "old" control panel and then to the System panel in Win10 would probably suffice. All the details are in the same place.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Feb 19, 2016 at 7:36
  • @JourneymanGeek: It seems that most recent laptops don't have a Break key, so I am reluctant to point my customers to that solution. Feb 19, 2016 at 7:38
  • @NicolasRaoul - Yes it does....
    – Ramhound
    Feb 20, 2016 at 5:24

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It's still the same question IMO. The Op asks about "Windows" in general, and then specifies that, in their case, XP and Vista interest them.

Since answers (and questions) are not actually intended to be just for the OP, these answers can easily be expanded/updated without invalidating the question as it currently stands.

I'd suggest putting a bounty on the existing question stating that you would like updated answers that cover Windows 8 and 10.

  • Would it be OK to remove the "(specifically XP and Vista)" part of the question and expand the top answer to be usable with all recent versions of Windows too? I know changing the terms of the question is not something to do lightly, but in this case I believe it would make the question much more linkable to. Feb 20, 2016 at 8:55
  • I believe the "Additionally, how can I find out if my hardware will support a 64 bit operating system?" part could also be removed, as it is a separate question and only 1 of the 6 answers addresses it. Feb 20, 2016 at 8:58

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