Determine if Windows 8.1 is 64-bit (x64) or 32-bit (x86)

Most, if not all, computers sold at Big Box stores have Windows 8.1 64-bit preinstalled. But to make sure you are running Windows 8.1 64-bit or 32-bit then follow these steps.

Determining if Windows 8.1 is 64-bit or 32-bit

  1. Open the Settings Charm. Refer to “Opening the Settings Charms – Windows 8.1”.
  2. Tap or Click Change PC Settings.

    Select PC Settings - Windows 8.1

  3. Select PC and Device.

    Select PC And Devices - Windows 8.1

  4. Select PC Info.

    Select PC Info - Windows 8.1

  5. Look at System Type. This will tell you if you are running Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 8.1 32-bit.

    PC Info - Windows 8.1 

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Opening the Settings Charm – Windows 8.1

The Settings Charm in Windows 8.1 contains Control PanelPersonalization settings, PC Information, Help, Internet access, Volume controls, Brightness, Notifications, Power Options,  Keyboard, and PC Settings.

Settings Charms - Windows 8.1

To Open the Settings Charm

Keyboard Users

  1. Move the mouse to the lower right corner of the screen to open the Charms.

    Keyboard Tip

    Pressing Winkey+C on your keyboard will open the Charms.

  2. Click on Settings.

    Select Settings Charm - Windows 8.1

Touch Users

  1. Swipe from the right side of the screen to open the Charms.
  2. Tap Settings.

    Select Settings Charm - Windows 8.1 

Microsoft Released Windows 7 Updates – May 25, 2010

Four updates were released by Microsoft on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 for Windows 7. One update is classified as Important (KB981793), one updates is classified as Recommended (KB982632), and one update is classified as Optional (KB981981).

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows 7 Security Updates. Please review “MSFT Security Updates“ blog category for Windows 7 Security Updates.

Important Updates

KB981981: May 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems

Affected Software

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”

Recommended Updates

KB982632: Update for Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List for Windows 7

Affected Software

Optional Updates

KB981981: Arabic translations in te month of July may be incorrect in the Windows calendar in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Affected Software

Updating your Windows 7 System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows 7 (refer to Checking for Windows 7 Updates using Windows Updates blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Updates – May 25, 2010

Two updates were released by Microsoft on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 for Windows Vista. One update is classified as Important (KB981793) and one update os classified as Recommended (KB9826732).

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows Vista Security Updates. Please review “MSFT Security Updates“ blog category for Windows Vista Security Updates.

Important Updates

KB981793: May 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems

Affected Software

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB979306: February 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”

Recommended Updates

KB982632: Update for Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List for Windows Vista

Affected Software

Updating your Windows Vista System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows Vista (refer to Checking for Updates on Windows Vista Manually blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Updates – May 11, 2010

One update was released by Microsoft on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 for Windows Vista. The update is classified as Recommended (KB905866).

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows Vista Security Updates. Please review “MSFT Security Updates“ blog category for Windows Vista Security Updates.

Recommended Updates

KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [May 2010]

Affected Software

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [April 2010]“
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [April 2010]“
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, 32-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [April 2010]“
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [April 2010]“
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [April 2010]“
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, 64-bit versions – Download Update
    • Supersedes “KB905866: Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [April 2010]“

Updating your Windows Vista System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows Vista (refer to Checking for Updates on Windows Vista Manually blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

Patch Tuesday – May 11, 2010

Two security bulletins were released by Microsoft on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Both bulletins are classified as Critical (MS10-030, and MS10-031) according to the May 2010 Bulletin Summary.

Critical Bulletins

MS10-030: Vulnerability in Outlook Express and Windows Mail Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978542)

Affected Software

  • Outlook Express 5.5 SP2
  • Outlook Express 6.0
    • Windows XP SP2 – Download Update
      • Supersedes MS08-048 and MS09-037
    • Windows XP SP3 – Download Update
      • Supersedes MS08-048 and MS09-037
    • Windows XP SP2 Professional x64 Edition – Download Update
      • Supersedes MS08-048 and MS09-037
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 – Download Update
      • Supersedes MS08-048 and MS09-037
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 Edition – Download Update
      • Supersedes MS08-048 and MS09-037
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 for Itanium-based Systems – Download Update
      • Supersedes MS08-048 and MS09-037
  • Outlook Express 6.0 SP1
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Mail

MS10-031: Vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978213)

Affected Software

Important Reminder

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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Microsoft Released Windows 7 Updates – April 27, 2010

Three updates were released by Microsoft on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 for Windows 7. One update is classified as Important (KB980408), one updates is classified as Recommended (KB975496), and one update is classified as Optional (KB976422).

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows 7 Security Updates. Please review “MSFT Security Updates“ blog category for Windows 7 Security Updates.

Important Updates

KB980408: The April 2010 stability and reliability update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is available

Affected Software

Recommended Updates

KB975496: A computer stops responding during shutdown if BitLocker is enabled on the system drive on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Affected Software

Optional Updates

KB976422: The capacity of a Secure Digital (SD) card that is larger than 32 GB is reported incorrectly in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2

Affected Software

Updating your Windows 7 System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows 7 (refer to Checking for Windows 7 Updates using Windows Updates blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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