Which version of Windows am I running?

If you don’t know which version of Windows you’re running, it’s quite easy to find out.  There are a few ways to find this information and each version of Windows has a slightly different way of getting there.

In most versions of Windows, there is a Start button typically found at the lower, left-hand corner of your screen…

Windows XP Start button

Just click Start > Run, type winver and click Ok.  You’ll be presented with the version of Windows you’re running…

Windows XP winver

In my example, I’m running Windows XP.  Just below the Windows logo, you can see detailed information about the version of Windows I’m running – e.g. Build 2600, Service Pack 3, etc.

The Start button looks a little different in Windows Vista and Windows 7, mostly because it doesn’t say “Start” on it anymore…

Windows 7 Start button

You can also right-click your My Computer (in Windows Vista and Windows 7, it just says Computer) icon and then choose Properties, to find out even more information.  This is important, especially with Windows Vista and Windows 7 since they frequently come in 64-bit editions (as opposed to 32-bit).  Hardware compatibility (e.g. printers) comes into question when 64-bit is introduced into the equation.  While it’s becoming more and more prevalent, we still live in a largely 32-bit world – especially when it comes to POS hardware.

I am a consignment software specialist, System Administrator for hundreds of consignment workstations across North America, and developer of Peeps' Software! I've been helping consignment & resale store-owners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. After 18+ years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment & resale store-owners face. From electrical issues in old building or strip malls, to advocating for them when their consignment software keeps crashing. I now manage hundreds of computer systems, servers & websites for store-owners all across North America and I am the developer/programmer of Peeps' Software -- the only software written FOR consignment & resale stores specifically.

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