Personal computers are nearly useless without an operating system. The OS is the platform that supports the installation of other software applications and hardware components on a PC. The companies that develop and manufacture these third-party products shift and change with the operating system. If the OS developer publishes and releases an extensive update to their software, then all involved must potentially undergo updates as well to stay compatible and functional on the PC. It is important that end users know which operating system is currently in use and there are several ways to access that information on the PC.
Click "Start." Type "System Information" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter" to open the "System Information" window. Click on the links in the left pane to see detailed system data in the right pane regarding software and hardware on the PC.
Click "Start," again. Right-click on the "Computer" icon on the "Start" menu. Select "Properties" from the menu, which opens a dialog box. Find detailed computer information in the "Windows Edition," "System" and "Computer Name..." sections.
Click "Start." Type "winver" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter" to open the "About Windows" informational dialog box. The "Version" section will detail the release, build and service pack that is currently in use on the PC.
Tips & Warnings
- For Apple Mac OS X operating systems, click the "apple" icon and then select "About This Mac" from the menu to determine the OS version.
- Additionally, for Apple Mac OS X, access the "System Profiler" from the "Help" menu to get OS version information.
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