How To Determine What Version Of Windows You Have Installed

Let's settle this from the start: this is not rocket science, it's not even a complicated thing to do. However, it is a question you may have to answer. If you've handled computers before, the answer is a couple of clicks or taps away. On the other hand, if you're like my father, you call your child/friend at 7 AM and ask him/her how to do it. This tutorial is, mainly, for everyone who wants to save the cost of a call and do it on their own.

Method 1 - Use The System Section From Control Panel (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10)

All the specifications of the operating system you are using, are found in the System panel. There are several ways to get there. The first would be to open the Control Panel. There, go to the System and Security section and click or tap System.

If you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel, System is found directly in the list of available icons. Finding its icon might actually take more than all the other steps put together.

In the screenshot below, you can see how the System window looks in Windows 7.

The next screenshot shows you how the System window looks in Windows 8.1.

And finally, this is how the System window looks in Windows 10:

As you can see, except for a few minor visual differences, the System windows are identical and display the same information, no matter if you have Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

We thought it would be a good idea to also show you other methods of getting to the System window. So here they are:

You can always choose to right-click (or press and hold) the Computer icon (in Windows 7) or This PC icon (in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10) from your Desktop and then click or tap Properties. This will take you straight to the System window, avoiding the traffic jam in Control Panel.

And the fastest way to get to the System window is to press the Windows + Pause/Break keys on your keyboard. We know this is both the easiest and fastest method, so that's why we put it last. :)

How To Find Your Windows Edition & System Type Entries

In the first section of the System window, named Windows edition, you can view the Windows edition you have installed. The editions displayed are different, depending on which Windows you are using: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

The system type you have, which could be either a 32-bit or a 64-bit operating system, is displayed in the System area, in the System type entry.

Method 2 - Use The Lock Screen (Windows 7 Only)

If you are interested to learn only the edition of Windows that you are running, simply press CTRL+ALT+Delete on your keyboard. This will take you to the lock screen where, at the bottom, you will see the Windows edition that you are using.

However, there is no information about the type of the operating system you're using: 32-bit or 64-bit. Also, this trick doesn't work in Windows 8.1 or in Windows 10.

Method 3 - Use The Winver Command (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10)

In order to find which Windows edition you have, you can also use the winver command.

There are several ways in which you can run this command:

  • Press the Windows + R keyboard keys to launch the Run window, type winver and press Enter. This works in all versions of Windows.

  • Open a Command Prompt window, type winver and press Enter. This method also works in all versions of Windows.

  • If you're using Windows 7, you can also simply type this command in the Start Menu search box.

  • In Windows 8.1, switch to the Start screen, start typing winver and click or tap on the appropriate search result.

  • In Windows 10, you can use Cortana's search field to enter winver and then, either press Enter on your keyboard, or click or tap on the winver search result.

Regardless of the method you choose, running the winver command will trigger the opening of a window called About Windows. It will displays the operating system you use, as well as Microsoft's internal version of the operating system (6.1 for Windows 7, 6.2 for Windows 8, 6.3 for Windows 8.1 and 10.0 for Windows 10).

Among other information, About Windows also mentions the Windows edition you are using.


That was it. It's simple, but useful. If you happen to know another way of doing it, feel free to tell us. If you are interested in other useful tutorials (and maybe a little more complex than this one), check out the list of articles recommended below.