How to Find Out What Windows Version I Have

Knowing the details of your system is one of the most important things you should note down when owning a desktop computer or a laptop. One of the aspects you should be knowledgeable about is the version of Windows your unit or system has.

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Determining the version of Windows you have is one of the most crucial things you should make sure because some software and programs are not compatible with some Windows versions. Without determining the exact Windows version of your system could lead to dysfunctional programs and drivers that are not operating to their full extent or not working at all.

Windows, throughout the years, have managed to churn out dozens of versions. These versions range from the earliest system, MS-DOS to the most recent release, Windows 10. Aside from these Windows versions, each reiteration comes with other unique classifications including Pro, Ultimate, Home, Business and so much more. Lastly, the Windows version can either exist as the 64 bit or 32-bit type.

If you fail to determine which Windows version your system has, you won’t be able to know which program or software you can install on your system. Also, if you already installed a particular software on your system and transfer it to a unit with a different Windows version, the software might not function properly or not be installed at all.

In this article, we aim to answer the question most Windows users have, “How to Find Out What Windows Version I Have.” It is worth noting that different Windows version entail different methods and steps, this is why we had to divide these instructions according to the Windows Version each user might be using

Ways to Find Out Your Windows Version

1. Using Command Prompt

One of the methods you can use to determine your Windows version is with the use of command prompt. Doing this method will reveal several relevant information about your system. To do this, open the command prompt dialog box which can be done by searching it on the taskbar for recent Windows versions. Nevertheless, the method is somewhat similar to most Windows versions, even the older ones.

Another way of triggering or opening command prompt is by taping on the Win button while pressing on the R key. Once the command prompt box opens up, key in the command winever. Doing this command will reveal several valuable information, including the Windows version of your system.

2. Windows 10

One of the telltale signs that your system is running on the recent, Windows 10 version is when you see the single start button found on the lower left side of the desktop panel. The older versions usually have the colored version which is very different from the new, minimalistic logo. Once you right click on the Start button, the system will also reveal the Power User Menu.

Also, the version of your Windows system, including the type of policy, whether 64 bit or 32 bit can also be determined through browsing through the System Configuration found in the Control Panel.

In Control Panel, you should be able to see the Windows Version 10.0 label. Moreover, it is worth noting that most laptops or desktop computers bought brand new usually come pre-installed with the most recent, Windows 10 version.

3. Windows 8

Windows 8 usually has the same orientation of the start button, at the bottom left portion of the desktop plane. Clicking on the start button will automatically direct you to a list of programs installed on the system.

Moreover, when right-clicking the start button of Windows 8, you will also be directed to the power user menu.  The power user menu will also be revealed once you right click on the corner of the desktop on a unit that runs Windows 8. Moreover, the relevant information about them, including the Windows version and which bit you are using whether 64 bit or 32 bit can also be found in the Control Panel.

Windows 8 also comes with the updated version, the Windows 8.1. With this, you can determine if you are using the last version if it is indicated in the System Information as revealed by the settings on the Control Panel.

4. Windows 7

Windows 7 also has a distinct and different start menu compared to the Windows versions we have mentioned earlier in this article. The Windows 7 and Windows Vista were released almost simultaneously. Because of this, you can expect similarities with the design and how things flow in terms of features and functionalities with the two Windows versions.

Speaking of the Start button of Windows 7, it is situated inside the taskbar. Compared to the one you will find in Windows Vista, the Start button is not integrated to the bottom taskbar. As expected, you will also find relevant information about the system, including the Windows Version it is using on the Control Panel.

5. Windows Vista

As mentioned above, Windows Vista and Windows 7 have somewhat similar designs, features, and functionalities. Both of these Windows versions come with similar looking start buttons as well as icons. However, compared to the one on the Windows 7 version, the start button located on the Windows Vista system is situated slightly above and extends below the taskbar.

As expected, you will see all the relevant information, such as the Windows version being run by the system on the Control Panel. Moreover, you can also check which bit version you are using for your unit. It could either be 64 bit or 32 bit. Windows 6 is the official name of this Windows version. However, the company decided to adopt the Windows Vista moniker for several countries across the globe.

6. Windows XP

Windows XP has probably one of the most distinctively looking Start button design compared to the Windows versions mentioned in this list. It has the older Windows logo that comes with the word “Start” in it. The later versions of Windows get rid of the “Start” word on the said button.

The start button of the Windows XP also comes with horizontal orientation coupled with curved right edges. This is a stark difference compared to the rounded start button logos of succeeding Windows versions.

Similar to the other Windows versions we mentioned, you can find relevant information about the system, including the Windows edition is used in the Control Panel.