Windows 7 32 and 64 bit

Hey, I'm a little confused about what kind of OS I'm running - a 32 bit one, or a 64 bit version of windows 7.
When I'm looking at the "Performance information and tools" in the control panel it seems that my system is running 64 bit version of windows 7.
But, when I look in the advanced settings (from the screen resolution section of the control panel), in the "Adapter" tab, I'm looking in "list all modes" and I only have 32 and 16 bit options to choose from!
So what is going on? am I running 64 bit or 32 bit? and is there any point of upgrading to 64bit or down-grading to 32 bit?
thanks in advance!
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    Hi - The 32 and 16 you are seeing is Color Bit Depth and refers to how many colors your computer will have access to in order to display an image on the screen.

    The way you have it now will be fine and it will be a 64bit computer
  2. So the two options I was looking at are different with their purpose? I'm not sure I'm still not sure I understand what's going on..
  3. Yes tottally here is a link explaing the 32bit color info you are seeing

    The processor in your machine is 64bit and is running the 64 bit of windows and can run 64bit programs.
  4. Alright, I'll read through it - thank you!
  5. Best answer selected by anuekr.
  6. Did not see anything in your post to indicate if Windows is 32 bit or 64 Bit.

    To check, open control panel, select System and Security, Then select System.
    About mid way down the page you will see:
    .. Your WEI score (overall value)
    .. Amount of RAM (If greater than 4 gigs, must be 64 bit)
    .. System Type: This will show iether 32 bit or 64 bit and is what you have.

    Biggest single diff is with 32 Bit system you are limited to 4 gigs or less, while You with 64 bit OS you can have 4 Plus gigs of ram, Most popular right know is 8 gigs of ram.

    Most programs are still 32 bit programs, so MOX NIKs as they will run under both 32 bit or 64 Bit OS. Programs are starting to migrate to 64 bit, 64 gig versions only run on 64 bit windows (more effiencient)
  7. RetiredChief said:
    Did not see anything in your post to indicate if Windows is 32 bit or 64 Bit.

    He said he had been looking in the Performance information and tools section of control panel. If you press View and Print Detailed in there it tells you whats what with regard to the OS. I assume this is where he got the info from.
  8. ^ got it.
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