March 27 2010

Simple query to find if processor is 64 bit capable

I’ve often used a very simple query to find if a processor is 64 bit capable. Open up a command prompt and enter the following:
wmic cpu get datawidth
I doesn’t matter the version of the Operating System you are running, this WMI query will return the actually hardware processor capability. If it returns a value of 64, this means that the hardware is 64-bit capable, so you can go ahead and load up a 64-bit version of the OS. If the value is returned as 32 then unfortunately your hardware is only 32-bit capable and you are stuck with the 32-bit version of the OS.

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