How to Know Which Windows I Have

Would you like to install a new program on your computer, but a specific edition of Windows is required to use it and you don't know which variant of the Microsoft operating system "runs" on your PC? Don't worry, I can personally clear up your ideas on what to do.

If you give me a few minutes of your precious free time, I can help you answer the question "How do I know that I have Windows?" that you are setting yourself at this moment. In fact, in the following lines, you will find all the various systems you have at your disposal to find out the exact edition of the OS, as well as the version, build and architecture of the same.

Before you can get alarmed and think about who knows what, I want to make you aware right away that, contrary to appearances, in reality you will not have to do anything particularly complicated, even if you do not consider yourself a great expert in terms of IT and new technologies. Now, however, just chat and let's take action. Happy reading and good luck!

Preliminary Information

Before getting into the tutorial, then going to answer the question "How do I know that I have Windows?", there are some preliminary information in this regard that it is my duty to provide you, in order to avoid various misunderstandings.

First, keep in mind that, usually, when you ask what Windows you are using, we refer toedition operating system running on the computer, such as Windows 10, Windows 8 / 8.x, Windows 7 etc.

To get a complete picture of the situation, however, the version build and l 'architecture of the OS. In case you are not aware of it, the version and the build, which are indicated with a progressive series of numbers (e.g. 1909 for the version and 18363.592 for the build) indicating the exact variant of Windows in use, that is the exact update that appears to be installed on the PC.

The architecture, which can be 32-bit or 64-bit, indicates, instead, the differences in the management of information by the processor installed on the PC. Note that 64-bit versions of Windows are capable of using larger amounts of memory than 32-bit versions of the operating system.

I also invite you to pay attention to the fact that, if proceeding as you find reported in this tutorial, you should discover that you are using Windows 7 or an earlier edition, you would do well (indeed, more!) to consider updating the OS in use as soon as possible a Windows 10, which is the latest operating system made available by Microsoft at the time of writing this article.

As things currently stand, Windows 7 and older versions of the system are no longer officially supported by Microsoft and dedicated updates are no longer released. In a nutshell, this means that by continuing to use it, in addition to not being able to take advantage of the recent features introduced by the company on the less "old" operating systems, you could run the risk of running into security problems. For more details on how to upgrade, you can check out my tutorials specifically focused on how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 and how to upgrade to Windows 10.

How to Know That Windows I Have Installed

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get down to business! In the following lines, therefore, you will find the detailed answer to the question "how do I know that I have Windows?" that you are asking yourself. I tell you that this is a feasible operation in several ways. To find out more, please continue reading.

Via Control Panel

The first system that I propose to you to find out which Windows you are using on your PC is to go to act through the Control Panel. So, first click on Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) located at the bottom left of the taskbar, then select the collegamento to the Control Panel attached to the menu that opens.

In the window that you now see on the screen, click on the item System and security and / or on that System (depending on the type of display set), after which you will find yourself in front of the screen containing the information you need.

More precisely, in correspondence with the wording Windows Edition find the exact edition of Windows you are using, while corresponding to the item System type, attached to the section System, find the computer architecture indicated. In this specific case, the OS version and build details are not available.

Via File Explorer

Another method that you can use to find out which Windows you are using is to go and act from the window File Explorer. In this case, first click on the icon gialla poster located on the taskbar to, in fact, access File Explorer.

In the window that at this point is shown to you on the desktop, then right click on the shortcut PC / Computer question that you find in the left sidebar and choose the item Property give the menu answer him if you press.

After completing the above steps, another window will open containing all the information relating to your computer. To be precise, the visible screen is the same that is accessible from the Control Panel, as I indicated in the previous step. So, in correspondence with the section Edition you will find indicates the edition of Windows in use, while corresponding to the item System typeIn section System, you will find the OS architecture reported.

Via Command Prompt

You can find that Windows are also using by going to act from the command line, that is, using the Command Prompt. To do this, first start the latter by clicking on Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to sinistra della taskbartyping cmd in the search field by viewing and selecting the collegamento relevant from the list.

In the Command Prompt window that you now see on your desktop, type systeminfo and press the button Submit on the PC keyboard. Then wait a few moments for all the information relating to the system in use to be loaded and you can finally view the information of your interest.

To be precise, in correspondence with the wording SO name you will find the edition of the operating system you are using, corresponding to the wording SO version you will find the version and build number indicated, while next to the item System type Windows architecture is specified.

Via Run

To answer the question "how do I know which Windows I have?" you can also type a specific command in the Run. In this case, therefore, what you have to do is call up the Run screen, by clicking on Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to sinistra della taskbartyping run in the displayed search field and selecting the collegamento relevant from the list.

In the window you now see, type the command winver in the appropriate text box and click the button OK. In the further window that will open, you can then view all the details of your interest relating to the operating system you are using.

To be exact, at the top you find the logo of the edition of Windows in use and at the bottom is the name, while in the center are the version and the build number. Note that, in this specific case, the information relating to the architecture is not shown.

How to Know That Windows 10 I Have

If you are using a PC that you know it is running on Windows 10, I inform you that, as well as as I indicated in the previous lines, you can find out all the details of the case relating to the edition, build and architecture of the OS by consulting a specific section attached to the Settings of the operating system.

To access it, click on Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) located at the bottom left of the taskbar and click on the icon Settings (Quella with the ruota d'ingranaggio) that you find on the left side of the menu that opens.

In the Windows Settings window that you now see on your desktop, click on the entry System and, on the next screen, select the wording System Information that you find in the left side menu. On the right side of the screen you will then find the details of your interest.

To be precise, next to the item System type, present nella sezione Device specifications, the architecture is shown, while in the section Windows specifications, located a little further down, you will find the edition, version and build of the operating system, corresponding, respectively, to the items Edition, Version e Build sistema operativo.