How Do I Know What Version of Windows I Have on My Computer

Charlene updated on Nov 16, 2022 to Knowledge Center

Have you ever had to install software that works with a specific Window version? A question like how do I know what version of windows I have also rises at such times. Fortunately, every Windows version allows you to check for its current version even if you've upgraded from the initial version.

This article will answer the question, 'what version of Windows do I have?' using the Start Button, Settings, and the Command Prompt. It further discusses how to know the Windows version on your mobile devices. Let's take a deep dive.

multiple ways to check windows version

How Do I Know What Version of Windows I Have

There are three primary methods to knowing the Windows version: 

  1. Method 1: Find your Windows version through the Start Menu
  2. Method 2: Get your Windows version from Settings
  3. Method 3: Find your Windows version through Command Prompt

Method 1: Find your Windows version through the Start Menu

This method works on every Windows version; the only difference is the position of the Start Menu. In Windows 11, it is the magnifying glass (icon) in the taskbar section, while in Windows 8/10, it is on the extreme left of your taskbar. Follow these steps to know your Windows version from the Start Button.

Step 1. Click the "Start" Button or press the Windows key + R.

Step 2. Type "winver" in the Search Box that appears. Then, press Enter.

type winver in search box

Then you will see the About Windows screen with your Windows version.

about windows screen

Method 2: Get your Windows version from Settings

Alternatively, you can get your Windows version from Settings Menu.

In Windows 11 and 10

Step 1. Select the Start Button.

Step 2. Click "Settings" or search "Settings" to find it if you don't see it.

type settings and select the best match

Step 3. Select System, and then select the About option.

about option in system after clicking settings

This brings you to the Device specifications screen, where you see if you have a 32 or 64-bit system, and the Windows specifications page that gives you the Windows version you are running.

device specification screen

In Windows 8 or 8.1

Step 1. Using a mouse, move to the bottom-right corner of your screen, then move the mouse up. However, if you have a touch device, you can swipe from the right corner of the screen.

Step 2. Click "Settings," then select Change PC Settings.

Step 3. Select PC info.

A new screen shows the Windows version under the Windows section and if it's a 32- or 64-bit version under the PC > System type. You can also click here to view how to tell if your computer is 32 or 64 bit.

windows 8 8 1 version

In Windows 7

The Windows 7 operation is slightly different from the first two.

Step 1. Click the "Start" Button on the extreme left corner of your screen.

Step 2. Type Computer in the Search box that pops up.

Step 3. Right-click on Computer and select Properties.

windows 7 properties screen

Your device's Windows version and edition are displayed under the Windows edition.

Method 3: Find your Windows version through Command Prompt

Conclusively, if you are a fan of the black screen, you can know your Windows version through the Command Prompt by following the steps below.

Step 1. Press the Windows key + R, and a little screen pops up.

Step 2. Type cmd and press Enter

type cmd after windows key r

Step 3. Then, type "ver" and press Enter. Then the Windows version is then displayed on the following line.

windows version from command prompt

Which Windows Version on Mobile Devices

You can also check the Windows version running for Windows CE on your mobile devices, such as cell phones. Here's how to determine the Windows version.

Step 1. Click "Start" and select Settings

Step 2. From Settings, head over to the Control Panel

Step 3. Then, click the "Systems" icon.

The build number and Windows version are displayed on the System Properties screen.

Conclusion

This article discussed the various methods of knowing what version of Windows you have; you need not consult anyone to know this. Now, you can visit a computer store and be confident of knowing the Windows version without checking the pack or instruction manual.

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