Usually when installing a Linux distro you have the option to install either 32-bit or 64-bit. This quick guide will help you choose whether you are currently on linux, Windows or Mac OSX.
If your current OS is Ubuntu, or another Linux Distro, your can run the following command in the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) to check compatibiltiy.
lscpu | grep mode
The output will specify which CPU mode(s) are compatible, the output below shows that both 32-bit and 64-bit are compatible with this CPU.
CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit
Press the Windows key +
e then select
System Properties along the top of the window.
If under 'System' it says 'System type: 64-bit Operating System' then you have a 64-bit compatible Processor.
If it says 'System type: 32-bit Operating System' you then need to dig a bit deeper to get your answer. Select 'Windows Experience Index' --> under the 'Base score' click 'View and Print detailed performance and system information'. A new window will open, under 'System' you will see '64-bit capable' with either 'Yes' or 'No'.
Open the run dialogue box by pressing the 'Windows Key' + r type in 'cmd' then click 'OK', this will open up the command prompt.
Enter the following code then hit Enter, the first line of output will state either 64 bit or 32 bit.
wmic os get osarchitecture
On Mac OS find the Processor Name in the Hardware Overview located by navigating to Apple menu -->
About This Mac -->
Locate the Processor Name in the table below to see whether it is a 64-bit or 32-bit Processor.
|Processor Name||64-bit or 32-bit|
|Intel Core Solo||32 bit|
|Intel Core Duo||32 bit|
|Intel Core 2 Duo||64 bit|
|Intel Quad-Core Xeon||64 bit|
|Dual-Core Intel Xeon||64 bit|
|Quad-Core Intel Xeon||64 bit|
|Core i3||64 bit|
|Core i5||64 bit|
|Core i7||64 bit|