As always everyone searching for What Version Of Windows Do i Have? Today we will see how you can know what Windows you have, from the version to its specific edition. We will help you differentiate your version of Windows from Windows XP to the latest Windows 10.
In addition to knowing what Windows is, we will tell you how you can know if you have the 32-bit or 64-bit version and what edition it is, so that you know precisely if you have a Windows Professional, Standard, Basic, Home or other variants.
1. What Windows is it?
First and foremost, what is Windows? To date, there have been about eight major versions of Microsoft Windows, although if you are reading this you will most likely be in one of the most recent: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
We will see later on how to distinguish them accurately, but in case you do not feel like going into too much depth, we have prepared a visual guide to quickly recognize them. Does your Windows look like any of these?
Windows XP is one of the most popular versions of the Microsoft operating system and it is easy to recognize because it has a characteristic appearance where the blue color and slightly rounded edges stand out. If your Windows looks like the previous screenshot: you have Windows XP.
The Green Hill (Bliss) wallpaper is one of the most recognizable and famous and the iconic green start menu should allow you to quickly recognize it. Be careful, because Windows XP allowed you to change the aspect to choose three colors: blue, olive or silver.
After Windows XP came, Windows Vista, for many the worst Microsoft operating system. The appearance changed a lot with respect to Windows XP, including the style of the icons, something more realistic, so it should be easy for you to distinguish between one or the other.
The start menu stops saying “Start” and is in Vista a circle with the Windows logo, the taskbar is initially black (but can be changed) and the default background is abstract lines and colors. One of the novelties of Vista were gadgets, small apps that could be displayed on the desktop. If you have gadgets … you almost certainly have Vista.
Along with Windows XP, Windows 7 is one of the most popular versions of Windows, despite the fact that next year it will be ten years old. Visually it is not very different from Windows Vista, although the easiest way to differentiate them is by looking at the taskbar: it is thicker and flatter.
The start button is similar, though a little smaller, and the icons get a new facelift. If your Windows looks similar to the screenshot above, then it is more than likely that you will have Windows 7, as the following versions have radically changed.
How to know if your Windows is Windows 8? Very easy! It is the only Windows that does not have a start button. This was, in fact, one of the main user complaints and Microsoft was forced to back down in the next update.
Visually, the rest of the system looks similar to Windows 7, but there is an obvious difference: pressing the Windows key on your keyboard opens a full-screen start menu, the feature that makes it easier to distinguish this Windows from any other.
Windows 8.1 included the start button again, which is now white and with a new design with straight lines. It is easy to distinguish it from Windows 8 for this reason, although it is very similar to Windows 10, so you could have problems differentiating them.
Probably the easiest way to visually differentiate Windows 8.1 from Windows 10 is to look at the buttons to minimize, restore and close a window. In Windows 8.1 the minimize button (the line _) is aligned to the bottom edge of the keypad, while in Windows 10 it is aligned in the center, like the other buttons.
Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows for now and considering that Microsoft has been trying to get most computers to upgrade to Windows 10 for some time, it may be your version of Windows.
Windows 10 is easy to recognize as it includes the start button with the white logo and the cortana button next to it, a white circle. If for some reason Cortana is not available, a magnifying glass icon is displayed, which in any case is not present in other versions of Windows.
2. What edition and version is it?
Not clear what version of Windows you have or want more information (for example, the exact edition)? You have a way to do it from Windows itself, with a command that is available from the beginning of Windows. Press Windows + R on your keyboard, type winver in the box that opens, and then press OK.
In the window that opens, you can see the large version of Windows (1), as well as the specific edition (2). The latter is in the middle of the text, so it can be easy to miss it. The exact numerical version of the build is also shown here.
3. Is it 32 or 64 bit?
Knowing if your Windows is 32 or 64 bits is quite easy. All you have to do is press the Windows and Pause keys on your keyboard at the same time until a window like the previous one opens. There you can see if it is 32 or 64 bits in the System type section.
If you are not able to make the keyboard combination work, you can access this same window from the Control Panel, System section or by right-clicking This Computer and choosing Properties from the context menu.