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  • The architech of your computer should be displayed on a sticker on the outercase. If you can't find the system type then check your system bios and look for CPU. It should either say 32 or 64bit system.

    Answered by saqman2060
    11 months ago
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  • Try both? It will tell you if you have the wrong version.

    Answered by arochester
    11 months ago
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  • `cat /proc/cpuinfo` or `lscpu`

    Answered by weedlight
    11 months ago
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  • Well, you can look up the CPU as suggested and find out if the computer can run a 64-bit version of Linux.

    Another way is to try a 64-bit Linux Live CD by starting it from a CD or USB stick when you boot the computer. Then you can measure the performance. Some older PC's can run 64-bit but its very, very slow.

    Also if you have less than 4 GB of memory there is no reason to install a 64-bit version of any operating system.

    Good luck :)

    Answered by hhbt
    10 months ago
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