How to Check Your Windows Version?

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Windows has launched quite a number of Operating systems by now, hasn’t it? And although it’s common knowledge which version of Windows you’re using, you might be from the exceptional group, and hence to you, I’ll explain how to check your windows version.

The Different Window Versions:- A Hierarchical Insight.

To understand that, you’d need to travel back in time a couple of decades (not literally!). You should travel back to November 20, 1980, and you’d see Mr. Gates launching the Windows 1.0

Well, that was how the first version of Windows was born. Although most people confuse it to be the “first-ever” Microsoft OS, well it’s not. Ms-DOS owns that title as a matter of fact. The following screenshot would get you a glimpse of how the Windows V1.0 used to look like:-

How to Check Your Windows Version
Image by: Wikipedia

Why did it take the world by storms? The reason for that is, it was the first mass-produced operating system with a “graphical” interface.

Well graphical interface meaning, before the launch of Windows 1.0, the personal computers were primarily command-based.

You had to type in commands, something like /copy d:// filename to folder e:/drive D. It’s a rough example and not an actual command which was used, but it gives you the idea, doesn’t it?

So the idea of making personal computers “graphical”, with icons and logos and pictures made Mr. Gates a very rich man and made our lives a lot easier.

Point is, the “potential” of what Windows held back then, which has made all the 3D, high-graphic density games and photo/video editing and production possible was something that the world didn’t misjudge!

Anyway after the first version of Windows. the second version broke out of its eggshell 7 years later! The Windows V2.0

This was the version that made quite the splash in the world back then, primarily because Microsoft and HP were sued by Apple for design and looks copyright, which was mostly ruled in favor of Apple.

Well, the second reason why Windows 2.0 was creating waves was that it brought with itself quite the support for a number of applications, including Calendar, Calculator and the likes of it.

The next member in the family wasn’t Windows 3.0, but instead, it was the Windows 2.1x, and they were born after just a 6-month gap between its predecessor.

Although the next version of Windows made its appearance around 12 years later, the Windows 3.0

Now it might come as a surprise to you, but this was the version of Windows which had shown any signs of Windows being able to compete with the then-industry leader, Macintosh.

The earlier versions were successful no doubt but on a limited scale. In fact, the interesting story here is, Windows 3.0 wasn’t even originally approved, it was just a kind of “side-project” of two individuals.

They presented it to the Microsoft executive team later which impressed them and was officially termed as Windows 3.0

There were some minor releases in between, but the rock was broken the second time only by Windows 95, which was launched in 1995 (that’s how the system was named!).

Some of you might even have the privilege of using it in its early days. The primary modifications it was equipped with were better multitasking features and the plug-and-play feature.

Then came Windows 98, followed by Windows M# and finally Windows XP. These aren’t foreign to any person who had the least bit of interest in computers (and XP is still my personal favorite!).

It was the first time when Windows shared its desktop arrangement of logos and icons with the world. Without a doubt, XP carried it forward which exists to date.

Windows XP was one of the longest-running and most successful Windows versions! It was simple, elegant, and brought a lot of new features for the first time to personal computers.

Windows XP was followed by Windows Vista which wasn’t as great a success as XP. It required a lot of system resources, lagged more than expected and was just not a great product overall!

But when has “not so great market response” ever belittled Microsoft? So they decided to build the Windows 7 as we know it today.

And in the last couple of years, releasing one after the other systems like Windows 8 and 10 Windows seems to dominate the OS market.

Windows 10 obviously being the most recent Windows Version. out there in the real world, Windows 10 is getting mixed responses.

How to Check Your Windows Version?

I understand that’s enough Windows family-tree study for one day, isn’t it? Let’s have a look at how we can quickly determine which version of Windows you have.

Go to Start Menu and right-click on Computer/ My Computer

Then select “properties”.

At the very top of the next screen, you’d realize that your problem regarding how to determine the version of Windows on a computer has been solved!

How to Check Your Windows Version

For further information you can check the bottom of the screen, it lets you know if your Windows version is activated or not.

In case it’s not, I suggest you buy a genuine Windows version or you might be running a hundred different types of risks.

Alternatively: If you did not find the Windows version using the method mentioned above, you can go to Control Panel > System to get the version of the Windows.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had regarding How to check your windows version folks. I hope this piece helped if it did I’d love to get your feedback in the comments section.

If you’ve got other ways to verify Windows versions, feel free to share them in the comments section down there.

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