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How to find out the version of Windows that you are using

Technical Level : Basic

Summary

This procedure tells you how to find the version of Windows that you are using. This can be useful to know when trying to decide if a program or piece of hardware will work with your Windows version. It is also a crucial piece of information to know when troubleshooting problems yourself or getting help with your computer.

Applies to:

Windows 10 for PCs

Windows 8 and Windows  8.1

Windows RT and Windows RT8.1

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Windows XP

(Does not apply to Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile operating systems.)

Details

Finding your Windows version


This procedure does not make any changes to your computer. It only tells you how to find your Windows version.

1.  Press   + R  on your keyboard (at the same time)

2.  Type winver into the Run box (see below) then click OK.

(The box may look slightly different depending on your Windows version and setup, but the functionality will be the same.)

You will now see a box that tells you your Windows version. Some examples are shown below where the arrow indicates the Windows version. This is usually sufficient as a Windows version number.

Here's a Windows 10 example:

To interpret the About Windows box (see next two images immediately below the table) for Windows 8, 8.1, RT and RT 8.1 first look at the big wording at the top then look at where it says version below. Now pick what you see in the left column of the table below and you'll find your Windows version in the right column. You can also look at the line of text immediately below the  symbol in the About Windows box.

What you see in the About Windows box

Your Windows version

Windows 8 in big letters at top and below Version 6.2 (Build 9200) Windows 8
Windows 8 in big letters at top and below Version 6.3 (Build 9600) Windows 8.1
Windows RT in big letters at top and below Version 6.2 (Build 9200) Windows RT
Windows RT in big letters at top and below Version 6.3 (Build 9600) Windows RT 8.1

Here's Windows 7:

Here's Windows Vista:

Here's Windows XP:

Thanks to the following contributors to this article:

Thanks to Kosh Vorlon for supplying the screenshot of the About Windows box for Windows Vista.

See Also

32-bit and 64-bit Windows: Frequently asked questions  

Windows 10 release information  

(Microsoft Windows IT Center)

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