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I bought a 64-bit Raspberry Pi, but it is showing up as 32-bit

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The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, Raspberry Pi 400 and the like are marketed as having 64-bit processor, but when I power it on it says it is a 32-bit processor. What gives?
asked September, 07, 2021
Marcus Schappi

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The processor on your Raspberry Pi 4 (and the like) are 64-bit devices but they're reporting as 32-bit devices because you're running a 32-bit operating system. 

Raspberry Pi does make both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Raspberry Pi OS, however the 64-bit version is in beta.

The 64-bit version of Raspberry Pi OS lacks hardware acceleration for popular apps (such as Chromium and VLC). For this reason the default OS is the 32-bit version.
answered September, 07, 2021
Marcus Schappi

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