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I downloaded Firefox version 43.0.4, 64-bit from their official site and installed it. Before this, I had the Firefox 32-bit version. My OS is Windows 10, 64-bit.

I did not remove the 32-bit old version, just installed a fresh new 64-bit. When I run the browser, I don't see information anywhere confirming that I'm running the 64-bit version.

Can you tell me where I can find information about the bit version of the browser that is being run?

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In Firefox, type about:support in the the URL window. If you have the menu display turned on, this is also accessible under Help | Troubleshooting Information. The Application Basics section at the top will show you the version you're running.

User Agent

Now that the 64-bit version has been officially released, it carries the same version number as the 32-bit version. So if the version numbers on your computer are the same, you can determine 32-bit vs. 64-bit from the User Agent entry in that section:

  • 32-bit Firefox running on 64-bit Windows (8.1, can't verify 10), shows WOW64 in the User Agent.
  • 64-bit Firefox running on 64-bit Windows (8.1, can't verify 10), shows Win64; x64.
  • 32-bit Firefox running on 32-bit Windows will not include the Win64; x64 in the user agent.

Control Panel

Another place you can differentiate them is the Control Panel | Programs and Features | Uninstall a program. The software name is listed (the version number, 43.0 in this example, may be different):

  • 32-bit Firefox is listed as Mozilla Firefox 43.0 (x86 en-US).
  • 64-bit Firefox is listed as Mozilla Firefox 43.0 (x64 en-US).

If you have something other than the US English version, the letters after the x86 or x64 will be different. (Source: How to tell if Firefox is 32-bit or 64-bit)

Task Manager

One other place to check, according to Caspid on the Mozilla Support forum, is the Task Manager.

  • Start the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).
  • 32-bit Firefox will display as firefox.exe *32.

user559862 reported (in a now deleted post), that 64 bit Firefox is displayed as simply firefox.exe in the Task Manager.

Update:

Build Platform Target

It looks like there's yet another place to identify this, which you found, and I'll add it here for completeness. If you enter the URL about:buildconfig (which also has a link in the Application Basics section), it has a section called Build Platform Target. This includes a similar identification indicator. A 64-bit Firefox will include the identifier x86_64.

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    Thanks! I found that Windows use 32bit version instead 64 bit. Also me help this tab about:buildconfig – dimawebmaker Jan 8 '16 at 6:50
  • @dimawebmaker: Are you referring to the Build Platform Target on about:buildconfig? I'm running Linux, and mine shows up as x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, which is consistent with my User Agent entry: Linux x86_64. Looks like my package manager upgraded to 64-bit automatically when it became available for Linux. Interesting. There are supposed to be issues with 32-bit add-ons (only 64-bit add-ons work with 64-bit Firefox). I've had a ton of add-ons forever and all still work, so apparently, that's more of a theoretical issue. (cont'd) – fixer1234 Jan 8 '16 at 8:58
  • BTW, your problem with still running 32-bit may be your original shortcut, and/or your default browser still pointing to the old version. – fixer1234 Jan 8 '16 at 8:59
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How to tell if Firefox is 32-bit or 64-bit

Mozilla published the Windows 64-bit installer for Firefox to the Download page with yesterday’s release of Firefox 43.0. You must have a 64-bit version of Windows to take advantage of the new version of the browser.

There are two cosmetic bugs with the 64-bit version of Firefox that have been posted for a while without resolution.

  • The first bug addresses installing the 64-bit bit version of Firefox when you have an existing 32-bit version installed. The installer will upgrade Firefox to the 64-bit version but install it to C:\Program Files (x86), breaking Windows conventions of installing 64-bit applications to C:\Program Files.

  • The second bug is asking for a designation of which bit browser you are using in Firefox’s Help, About.

Since both of those bugs make it difficult to tell which version of the browser you are using, here are two different ways to identify 32-bit vs 64-bit Firefox. User Agent

In Firefox type about:support into the address bar. This will open up a page with a lot of information about your browser. From the User Agent line under Application Basics, you can see if this is the 32-bit version or 64-bit version running.

The 32-bit Firefox running on a 64-bit Windows 8.1 shows WOW64 in the User Agent.

firefox43_x86

The 64-bit Firefox running on a 64-bit Windows 8.1 shows Win64; x64.

firefox43_x64

The 32-bit Firefox running on a 32-bit Windows will not include the Win64; x64 in the user agent.

Programs and Features

Another place that you can check is the Control Panel, Programs and Features. To uninstall a program, you can see the software name listed.

The 32-bit Firefox is listed as Mozilla Firefox 43.0 (x86 en-US).

firefox43_x86_programs

The 64-bit Firefox is listed as Mozilla Firefox 43.0 (x64 en-US).

firefox43_x64_programs

Source How to tell if Firefox is 32-bit or 64-bit

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This is being added to the About dialog in Firefox 51, as tracked in bug 597738:

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(Screenshots by Chris Peterson attached to the Bugzilla bug.)

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More then likely the browser is 32-bit unless you have downloaded an unofficial build. Firefox has a 64-bit Nightly build, but this build is for testers and not for day-to-day use.

The easy way to check is via the install directory.

  • (32-bit apps) - C:\Program Files (x86)

  • (64-bit apps) - C:\Program Files

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    It's actually official as of 12/15/2015, see press release. It's downloadable from the "all" downloads page. – fixer1234 Jan 8 '16 at 7:29
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    There is a bug in the first release of the 64 bit version. The installer will upgrade Firefox to the 64-bit version but install it to C:\Program Files (x86), breaking Windows conventions of installing 64-bit applications to C:\Program Files. Source 404techsupport.com/2015/12/tell-firefox-32-64 – DavidPostill Jan 8 '16 at 10:49
  • @DavidPostill: I also read that it is supposed to upgrade Firefox to 64-bit (looks like we found the same 404 Tech Support reference). However, the OP reports that the 32-bit version is still there and it is what is being run after the 64-bit installation (see their comment on my answer). Any thoughts? I wonder if the "upgrade to 64-bit" wording just means that the 64-bit version is installed, and it is an upgrade over the 32-bit version. – fixer1234 Jan 8 '16 at 19:04
  • @fixer1234 I'm not exactly sure. I don't use standard install locations (I use c:\apps\firefox and I backed up the 32 bit version and chose to install the 64 bit version in the same directory. So I don't know if a default 64 bit install will also install "over the top" – DavidPostill Jan 8 '16 at 19:08
  • @fixer1234 I'm also running Windows 7 64 bit if that makes a difference. – DavidPostill Jan 8 '16 at 19:09

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