How many bits are there in a word on your computer?

  • A: 8
  • B: 16
  • C: 32 / 64
  • D: thousands
  • E: millions

    Answer: C

    For over 20 years, most of the world's computers have used a 32-bit word, particularly in the Intel IA-32 architecture.

    The word size is important, because it is:

    The Intel Core i5 and similar processors have a 64-bit word, but also have a 32-bit compatibility mode; even if you have one of these more modern processors, it is likely that much of what you do is running in 32-bit mode.

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