Whether you are looking to upgrade your existing Windows computer system or are troubleshooting a pesky problem, identifying the version of Windows being used on your computer, is the first step in making educated upgrading or troubleshooting decisions. This article will provide an understanding of how to determine what version of Windows is installed in a PC.
In Windows XP Professional,
- Right click My Computer.
- Left click Properties from the drop down menu.
On the following window the version of Windows being used will be displayed.
- Left click Start.
- Left click Run command.
- In the open box type WINVER and left click OK or press enter
Sometimes it is useful to have the version of other programs being used identified in a Windows environment. Here’s how to determine those versions.
|1.||Start the program.|
|2.||On the Help menu, click About Program Name.|
|3.||A dialog box displays program information, including the version number.|
|These steps work for most Microsoft programs, including Microsoft Office software, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, both integral components of any Windows environment.|
Identifying The Windows Version In Windows Vista or Windows 7
|1.||Right mouse click My Computer. From the drop down menu that appears left click Properties.|
|2.||The next window will display the current windows version being used on the computer.
An additional method for obtaining the version of Windows being used on your computer is by using the command WINVER available in all versions of Windows. Here’s how to run the WINVER command:
- In Windows 7 left click the Start Orb.
- Left click the Run command on the Start menu.
- If there is no run command on the Start menu, press the Windows Start key and R at the same time to access the run dialog window.
- In the open box type the command WINVER and left click OK or press Enter.
In Windows 8 and 8.1 the procedure for obtaining the Windows version is pretty much the same as in previous versions, just getting there may look a little bit different.
Press the Start key or position the mouse cursor over the Start button and left click once.
Left click the Desktop icon on the Windows Start Menu.
This will load the Windows desktop view.
If you have no Start button on the Windows desktop that likely means you are using Windows 8 and may benefit from upgrading to the latest Windows 8.1 operating system Microsoft supports.
Otherwise, you can press the Start menu key and R at the same time to open the Windows Run Command.
In the open box, type the command Winver and press Enter or left click the OK button. Windows will show you the version of Windows being used as illustrated in the figure below.
In Windows 10 the procedure for obtaining the Windows version is exactly the same as in other versions of Windows, except the screens you may see may differ slightly in each operating system.
Here’s how to get the Windows version being used in Windows 10.
Log into the computer like you normally do by clicking on the desktop login screen and enter your password.
To open the Windows Run dialog box, press the Windows Start key and R at the same time.
In the Run box, type the command Winver and press enter or left click OK.
The current version of Windows 10 being used will be displayed.
And there you go, it is that easy to determine what version of Windows you have installed on your computer in any version of Windows.
Congratulations! You now know how to access the Windows version in any flavor of Windows.