32-bit and 64-bit (also known as x86 and x64) are based on the way the processor processes information. 64-bit system versions are able to use more memory and use the RAM instead of the hard drive for storing processes. This leads to a more effective management of processes and to overall increase of performance of the computer, which is ideal for games, CAD programmes or applications for multimedia editing and management. A possible downside is a chance of slowing down or incompatibility of 32-bit applications. Another aspect to consider is the fact that some devices might not have a 64-bit driver.
What version is suitable for my computer?
If your computer has a 64-bit processor and your hardware has 64-bit drivers, the 64-bit version is recommended. If you are only upgrading your operating system and you want to find out what version does your computer use, please follow this guide.
By downloading and running the SecurAble application, you will be able to explore your computer (be it desktop or laptop). The app will tell you information about your processor, among which you can find if your processor is 32-bit or 64-bit. Then you can decide what version of operating system to purchase.
- First, the SecurAble will tell you what processor is in your computer.
- Then the app will detect hardware support for detecting and preventing the code execution for each program (protection from hackers and malware).
- The third analysis the app will perform is for system virtualization – e.g. for using virtual Windows XP mode, which is a handy tool when using Windows 7 Professional.