How to Tell What Version Windows You Are Running

There are a few ways in which you can display information regarding your Windows operating system, depending on whether you need detailed info or not. The methods that work in Windows 10 will apply to older Windows editions too.

How to Tell What Version Windows You Are Running

The only difference being the theme and how some information may be organized on the screen. Without further ado, here is how you can display Windows version info and other important data with just a few clicks.

Use the Start Menu

This is the oldest and still most used path adopted by most Windows users.

  1. Click the Start menu button or press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the Settings option.
  3. Select System.
  4. Click on the About option.
  5. Scroll down until you reach Windows specifications.

Check Windows Edition from the Windows Explorer

If you have Windows explorer up, you can also reach an info screen that will show you some Windows information.

  1. From the explorer, right-click This PC in the left pane.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. Check the top for information on your Windows edition.
  4. Check the bottom for information on the product ID and whether Windows is activated.

Unlike the first method, this information page won’t include the OS build or version information. Just the edition that you are using.

As you can see from the picture, there is also another path to reach this exact same window.

  • Go to Control Panel > Select System and Security > Select System.

One-Word Winver Command

This command can be used in Windows 10, 8, and 7 and will display the same amount of information. Therefore, whichever version you’re running, it should work on your laptop or PC.

That said, note that once again, the information in this window is somewhat limited compared to the information displayed when using the first recommended method. Power users should use the first method because the About System window also displays home helpful links for actions such as:

  • Changing the product key
  • Upgrading the Windows edition
  • Reading the software license terms
  • Reading the services agreement
  • A Windows Get help link
  • A link for sending quick feedback to Microsoft
  • A quick link to the Windows Security screen

Is Anyone Really Using Anything Else Anymore?

Although Windows 7 was a stable OS, for the most part, Windows 8 was a sore disappointment for most users. That said, the new and improved Windows 10, with all its kinks, seems to be going strong for everyone from regular users, to pro gamers, to software developers and beyond.

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