How To Determine The Version of Windows Being Used On A Computer

How To Determine The Version Of Windows Being Used On A Desktop Or Laptop Computer
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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.

Method # 1: In Windows XP, Use My Computer Function To Determine Windows Version.

In Windows XP Professional,

  1. Right click My Computer.Right click my computer
  2. Left click Properties from the drop down menu.
    Right click my computer

On the following window the version of Windows being used will be displayed.

Right click my computer

 Method # 2: In Windows XP, Use The Windows Run Command

  1. Left click Start.

    Right click my computer

  2. Left click Run command.
    Right click my computer 
  3. In the open box type WINVER and left click OK or press enter

    Right click my computer

 Method # 3: Identifying Other Program Versions

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 click my computerRight 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.

Right click my computer

Obtaining Windows Version Through Winver Command Using Windows Vista or Windows 7

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:

  1. In Windows 7 left click the Left click the Start orbStart Orb.
  2. Left click the Run command on the Start menu.
  3. 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.
  4. In the open box type the command WINVER and left click OK or press Enter.

    Accessing the Windows run command to run the Winver command.

    Accessing the Windows run command to run the Winver command.
    The WINVER program will display the current version of Windows you are using.

     

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    Obtaining Windows Version In Windows 8 / 8.1

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.


Obtaining Windows Version In Windows 10

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.

How To Access the Windows Version on a Windows 10 PC

Log into the computer like you normally do by clicking on the desktop login screen and enter your password.

How To Access the Windows Version on a Windows 10 PC

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.

How To Access the Windows Version on a Windows 10 PC

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.

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