How to Check Which Version of 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 Check Which Version of 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.

How to Check Your Windows Version using Windows Settings

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 and click on the Settings option.
    Windows Start Menu
  2. Then, select System.
    Windows Settings Menu
  3. Click on the About option in the side menu.
    Windows Systems Side Menu
  4. Scroll down until you reach Windows specifications.

How to Check Your Windows Version using the File Explorer

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

  1. Open up File Explorer.
  2. Then, right-click on This PC and select Properties.
    Windows File Explorer
  3. You’ll be taken to the same page as before, the About page.
    Windows OS info

How to Check Your Windows Version using the 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.

  1. Open up a Command Prompt or Windows Powershell window. Start Menu - Command Prompt
  2. Now, type in “winver” and hit Enter. Windows Command Prompt
  3. You’ll see the About Windows screen popup. About Windows

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

Checking Your Windows Version

Although Windows 7 was a stable OS, for the most part, Windows 8 was a sore disappointment for most users. That said, 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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