Microsoft Windows is the world’s most popular operating system for computer systems worldwide. The operating system is used on over 80% of computers throughout the world but it comes in two different versions, a 32 bit and a 64 bit version. Both versions are sold in retail stores, online stores, and via computer resellers. To the average consumer the choice of a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows is a question that needs to be reviewed carefully as it makes a huge difference in the computer system you own.
The 32 bit Windows operating system is the most common version of Windows sold throughout the world. It can be run on most home computers, laptops, and office systems. It is the version that is run on most computers throughout the world as most systems are store bought systems that perform routine tasks and can do most operations. A typical processor such as ones by Intel or AMD is behind the computations and is able to run this version of Windows.
The 64 bit Windows operating system is an entirely different operating system that is focused on higher end processor and is mean to handle more difficult tasks. The 64 bit version of Windows handles high amounts of computations and requires a special higher end processor that is capable of running these calculations and processes. Most systems that require this 64 bit version of Windows require CAD drawings, video editing, audio editing, and server applications versus normal home operations. Typically, these systems will have large amounts of system RAM and hard drive space along with a more expensive graphics card that can power these types of operations. A typical home user won’t need the 64 bit version of Windows at home unless they perform these types of tasks mentioned.
The main differences between the 32 bit version and 64 bit version of Windows is the ability to process high volumes of calculations, the amounts of processes the system can process, and the types of applications you need to run. To tell which version of Windows you are running, you can go into the Control Panel of your system, click on the System and Maintenance button and then clicking system. You can view the type and version of Windows there and see which version fits your needs. The home user will most likely use a 32 bit version and the higher end business user or specialized professional will use the 64 bit version.