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What version of Windows am I running?

This is a fairly common question, especially when people are installing new software.

If you are installing a new program, you need to make sure it is compatible with your current version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. If you don’t, the program probably won’t work.

And if you’re not very tech-savvy, things can get a little complicated when it comes to your operating system.

First, there are the “major” versions of Windows. That means Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1), Windows 10…

Then, each Windows version has special editions. Do you have Windows Starter, Home, Pro, Ultimate?

And the final question is the architecture, such as 32-bit or 64-bit version. What’s the difference between the 32-bit and the 64-bit version of Windows? Take a look at this article from DigitalTrends.com. The main thing you need to know: if you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows and you’re trying to run an application made for a 64-bit operating system, the application won’t run.

To answer this common question, we’re going to show you how to determine what version of Windows you have.

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What version of Windows do I have

It’s easy to find what Windows edition you’re running. Here are 3 simple ways to quickly identify your OS build.

Check Version Of Windows Through Control Panel

You can quickly check the version of your Windows OS by clicking on Start Menu > Control Panel > System.

open Windows Control Panel

On the system menu, it will show you what version of windows you have:

How do I know what version of Windows I have

You can also right-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop screen, and then select Properties to show System Information. It’s worked like the above method.

Windows 7 System Information

Find Out Version Of Windows With Winver Command

There is also another method to determine what version of Windows you are using, by using Command Prompt and the “winver” command. This method opens the “winver application” to show you detailed information about your current Windows OS.

Use The Winver Command To Find Windows Version

To use the winver command to get information about your Windows OS, open the Command Prompt and then type:


And press Enter. Then an “About Windows” window will be popped up and show you which version of Winow’s your running.

With the winver command, you can get the type of Windows OS you are using and the edition, plus the build number. However, this command does not help you to determine the architecture information – Windows 32-bit or 64-bit.

And that’s it! There are three methods you can find the version of Windows you are running in just a matter of seconds.

Let’s recap the 3 ways to determine which version of Windows you are running:

  1. Navigate to “System” in your Control Panel: Start > Control Panel > System.
  2. Right click on “My Computer” and hit “Properties.”
  3. Type “winver” in your Command Prompt