Sometimes a user wonders which version of Windows do I have ?. Normally, for home or professional use, it is neither necessary nor easy to memorize the exact version number. However, these versions are referred to by their respective names. If you are just starting out and cannot identify your version of Windows, you may face serious problems installing applications and updating your system.
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Checking your version
This can be done on all versions of Windows in the same way. On your keyboard, hold down the Windows key, then press R + WIN to open the Run dialog box. Just type winver (Windows version) to see information about your Windows.
The list below lists the main versions of Windows and explains how to check the version of each.
Adored by the gaming community, Windows 10 is by far the most recent and most efficient version of Windows. Windows 10 is preinstalled on the most recent computers and laptops. You will also find an improved browser, Microsoft Edge, to replace the famous Internet Explorer in this version of Windows.
If you have a Start menu organized and if you click with the right button of the mouse on a Power User menu, it means that Windows 10 is installed. A virtual voice assistant named Cortana is an important feature of this version.
By accessing the parameters from the Start menu, you can check the version and type of system (bit 32 or 64). In the Settings dialog box type Windows version and click on See if you have a 32 or 64 version of Windows.
Once this is done, the About page will open with all the information you need.
Windows 8 or 8.1
The main difference between these two versions is the Start Menu button located at the bottom left of the desktop. If you see the button, it means you have Windows 8.1, because Windows 8 does not display the Start menu button.
This version has been optimized for fashionable touchscreen PC devices. You would see that your apps are placed on the screen, much like the handheld device platform. All information concerning the type and version of the system is available in the Control Panel, accessible from the 'System' application.
Windows 8 and 8.1 version numbers are 6.2 and 6.3 respectively.
For many years, Windows 7 has been the ultimate choice for home or business use. If the Start Menu button fits the taskbar perfectly, you have Windows 7. It is the most user-friendly version compatible with a large number of new and old applications.
Click the Start Menu button to open a well-organized menu allowing you to directly open the Control Panel. From there, you can check if your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit and even the Windows 7 edition.
The version number of this Windows is 6.1.
This eagerly awaited version is a New Year's gift. A completely new Aero graphical user interface has been introduced and has changed the appearance of the main elements of Windows.
If you've noticed that the Start menu button extends above and below the taskbar, unlike Windows 7, you have Windows Vista.
Similar to Windows 7, you can access the Control Panel directly from the Start menu to check your edition and the type of Windows Vista. 6.0 was the version number assigned to Windows Vista.
Your computer is equipped with Windows XP if the Start Menu button contains the Windows logo with the word "start". The button is unique compared to newer versions of Windows because you can see that its shape is rectangular with a curved right side.
This version also allows you to access the Control Panel from the Start menu to check the architectural construction of your Windows XP.
For Windows XP 32-bit, the version number is 5.1 and for 64-bit, it is 5.2.