How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

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There are a few ways to know if your local PC runs on a 32-bit or 64-bit of Windows. For example, if you are on Windows 10, you can open Settings app, go to System > About to find out.

Settings About - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

Or, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System if you are on Windows 7.

Windows 7 System - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

Or, if you prefer using a command line, try SystemInfo

SystemInfo commandline - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

Or, if you are a PowerShell guy, it’s even easier.

[System.Environment]::Is64BitOperatingSystem

or

(Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem).OSArchitecture

Windows PowerShell is64bit - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

Now the question is, can we do the same thing to find out whether a remote PC is capable of running a 64-bit of Windows?

The answer is of course. Here are a few ways of doing it.

Press Win+R, type msinfo32.exe and hit Enter to launch System Information window. Then click View > Remote Computer…, type in the remote computer’s name and press OK.

System Information View Remote Computer - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

Look for the System Type line that indicates what type of processor this remote computer is running.

System Information Remote System Info - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

You can also use the SystemInfo command line as well.

SystemInfo /s computername | Find "System"

Command Prompt SystemInfo remote system - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

What about PowerShell? Sure thing, as long as you have WinRM for PowerShell Remote enabled through Group Policy.

Try the following cmdlet first,

(Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem -ComputerName ComputerName).OSArchitecture

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If not working, try the following instead.

Invoke-Command -ComputerName ComputerName -ScriptBlock {[Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("Processor_Architecture")}

Windows PowerShell InvokeCommand - How To Tell If A Remote PC has A x64-based or x86 Processor on Windows

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