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.
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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”?
A 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.