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How Do I Know What Windows® Version is on My Computer

February 23, 2015  |  Difficulty: Easy

find your Windows® operating system version

There are many reasons why people want to know what version of Windows® is on their computer. The most common reason is when buying or downloading software that requires a specific version of Windows®. In instances like these, knowing which version of Windows® is on your computer is necessary in order for the software to work properly.

Software developers usually announce minimal operating system requirements along with hardware requirements. This is why identifying the current operating system is information every user should know. If you do not know how to find your Windows® operating system version, just follow the instructions below.

How to Find Your Windows® Version:

  1. On your computer, locate the “Computer” or “My Computer” icon. It is usually placed on your desktop or in the Start menu.
  2. Right click on the “Computer” icon and select “Properties”.
  3. Under the “Windows edition” heading, you can read information on the Windows® version and under the “System” section, you can find out whether the operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit.

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