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What’s the Difference Between 32-bit and 64-bit?

You’ve likely heard the terms “64-bit” and “32-bit” when it comes to computers. But what do they mean? Tech Talker explains just what these bits are and why the difference matters to you.

By
Eric Escobar
February 13, 2013
Episode #065

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If you’ve purchased a new computer or new software in the past few years, you’ve probably run across the question, “Is your computer 32-bit or 64-bit?” In this week’s episode, we’ll be going over what the difference is between 64-bit and 32-bit, why it matters, and how to find out which you have! But first…

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What Is a “Bit”?

bit is actually a contraction of the term “binary digit.” It’s thebasic unit of information in computing. Eight bits form a byte. This might sound familiar if you’ve checked out my series on BitTorrent. If you recall, BitTorrent is a way to stream and share large files over the web. In other words, BitTorrent is a way to share many bits of information with others online.

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