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How do I know what version of Windows I am running?

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Article SummaryUse the look and feel of your Start screen to determine which version of Windows you are running.
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The steps to find out what version of Windows you are running, much like with Office (What version of MS Office is on my computer?), are different for different versions of Windows.

You can determine which version of Windows you have by the look and feel of the Start screen.
Sample Start screenVersion of Windows
(follow link to steps)
Windows 10 start menuWindows 10
Windows 8.1 start screenWindows 8.1
Windows 7 start menuWindows 7 and
Windows Vista
Windows XP start menuWindows XP
 

To find your version of Windows on Windows 10

  1. Go to Start Start menu icon, enter About your PC, and then select About your PC.
  2. Look under PC for Edition to find out which version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.
  3. Look under PC for System type to see if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
Note: Windows 10 is not supported by Algonquin College ITS, see Can I get Windows 10 installed on my computer?

 

To find your version of Windows on Windows 8.1

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, select Settings, and select Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
Note: If you cannot do this step, you do not have Windows 8.1. Try another version such as Windows 7 or Windows 10.
  1. Select PC and devices, and then select PC info.
  2. Look under Windows for the version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.
  3. Look under PC for System type to see if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
 

 

To find your version of windows on Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Click the Start button Start button, enter Computer in the search box, right-click Computer, and click Properties.
  2. Look under Windows edition for the version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.

The Start menu can also help you know the operating system. Here's what it might look like in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

 

To find your version of windows on Windows XP

Click the Start button Start button, click Run, type winver, and then press Enter.
Note: Windows XP is not supported by Algonquin College ITS, see Does Algonquin College support Windows XP?
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