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How to tell which version of Microsoft Windows your computer is using?

There are a number of methods you can use to determine what version of Windows “Operating System” or “Version” your Computer, , or Tablet is using. We show you two methods.

At the moment, the only Microsoft likely to still be working are as follows

  • (Home, Professional (Pro), Enterprise, mobile)
  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 (Pro or Enterprise)
  • Windows 7* (Home Basic*, Home Premium*, Professional*, Enterprise*, Ultimate*, Starter*)
  • Windows Vista (Starter^, Home Basic^, Home Premium^, Business^, Enterprise^, Ultimate^)
  • Windows  (Starter*, Home*, Professional*)
  • (2016, 2012, 2008, 2003*, 2000*)

* Obsolete and Not Supported

^ Not Supported from October 2017

A full and comprehensive list can be found here:

Method 1 – Restart your computer and check the startup screen

When you switch on or restart your computer, the windows version is easily determined by the images and layout of the startup, login and desktop images.

Windows 10

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista?

Windows XP

Method 2 – Using the “Run” or “Search” box

Depending on the version of windows, firstly find the “” or “Run” box, and type the word and hit the Enter or Return button.

A popup-window should appear that confirms the version of Windows your computer is running.

The “Winvar” command will work on all versions of

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