Which Windows operating system am I running?

Applies to: Windows 8.1Windows 7

Check for operating system information in Windows 10


  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > System > About.
  2. Under Device specifications, you can see if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
  3. Under Windows specifications, you can find out which edition and version of Windows your device is running.

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Check for operating system info in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1


  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
  2. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.) 
  3. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click PC info. 
  4. Look under Windows for the version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.
  5. Look under PC for System type to see if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
PC info page in PC settings
 
The Start screen can also help you know which operating system you're using. Here's what it might look like in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. You might see a search button in the upper-right corner.
 
Start screen in Windows�8.1 Update and Windows�RT�8.1 Update

Find out which version of Internet Explorer you're using. If you need to install the latest version of Internet Explorer, go to Internet Explorer Downloads.

If you can’t receive or access your email, download the support and recovery assistant.

 

Check for operating system information in Windows 7


  1. Click the Start button 
    The Start button
    , enter Computer in the search box, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Look under Windows edition for the version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.

The Start menu can also help you know the operating system. Here's what it might look like in Windows 7.

Picture of search results in the Start menu

Find out which version of Internet Explorer you're using. If you need to install the latest version of Internet Explorer, go to Internet Explorer Downloads.

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