How do I determine what version of Windows I'm using?

All users who are using Microsoft Windows can find what version of Windows they're using by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run or if you see "Start Search" field click in it or just type winver and press Enter.

This will pull up a new About Windows window giving you the version of Microsoft Windows, the build info, and service pack information if any service pack is installed as shown below.

Windows XP winver window
Windows XP Windows Version window

Alternative methods

Below are some additional methods of determining the version of Windows.

  1. Right-click on My Computer.
  2. Click on Properties. In the System Properties window as shown below the Service Pack (if installed) will be seen.

Windows XP System Properties Window
Windows XP System Properties


  1. Open an MS-DOS command prompt.
  2. Type ver and press Enter.

Note: Doing the above method may not always work, and is dependent on the version of Windows you're running. In some cases it may display Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000] or something similar, which is the command prompt version. However, some versions of Windows (such as Windows XP) display the Windows version.

Windows on mobile devices

If you're running Windows CE on a mobile device such as a cell phone or PDA you can determine the version of Windows CE by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel
  2. Click the Systems Icon, within the System Properties you'll see the version of Windows CE and the build.

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