- A computer running 32 Bit (x86) Platform of Windows 7.
- Install Windows 7 with SP1 or install Windows 7 RTM Upgraded to SP1.
- Click the Start button, type "regedit" in the search box to open the Registry Editor.
- Expand the following registry key.
In this scenario you may notice a registry sub-key labeled “Wow6432Node” and feel that the system may have been incorrectly installed or upgraded.
32-bit and 64-bit Application Data in the Registry
How to Determine Windows 7 Platform:
There are a number of tools that you can use to identify which platform is installed on the system. Below are two ways which you can use to help identify the platform
Using The System Information Tool to view Processor Architecture:
a. Click on the Start button
b. In the Search box type the command “MSINFO32” without the quotes
c. In the left-hand pane click on System Summary
d. In the right hand pane view the entry labeled “System Type”
If the entry states “x86-Based PC” this is 32 Bit Platform
If the entry states “x64-Based PC” this is 64 Bit Platform
Using the Set Command to Display Processor Architecture:
a. Open an Administrative command prompt
b. Type the following command:
If the result is “PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE=x86” this is 32 Bit Platform
If the result is “PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE=AMD64” this is 64 Bit Platform
Article ID: 2582176 - Last Review: Jul 20, 2011 - Revision: 1