A number used to indicate a program's stage of development. For example, Version 1.0 is a common example of the initial release of a software program. There is no industry standard for how a version number should be formatted. Therefore, each computer company may have their own unique method of formatting a version number. Below is a common example of how a version number may be formatted.
Version 1.0 - First initial release of software.
Version 1.0a - Minor patch of the initial software release.
Version 2.0 - Major update of the initial software release.
Version 3.0 - Second release of a major release.
Version 3.0a - Minor patch for the second major release.
To determine the version of your software program or operating system varies. However, below we have listed some additional information about how you may be able to determine a version of your program.
Many Windows Programs
Click Help from the top of the program, and then About.
Tip: If you don't see the File, Edit, View menu at the top of the screen try pressing Alt.
Determining your version of Microsoft Windows
Linux and Unix users
Use the uname -a command.
Microsoft DOS users
MS-DOS users can determine their version by using the ver command.
Computer games will often show the version when the program is starting up or in one of the four corners of the main window after the game has loaded.
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- How to find version of installed IE, Chrome, and Firefox.
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