If you use Microsoft Windows on your computer, there may be a time when you need to find out what version you are running.

Knowing which version is running is useful for working out what peripherals and software is compatible with your PC. It’s also vital if you have to deal with a customer support team, and crucially for checking whether your editions of Windows is still safe to use -  support for Windows Vista ends on April 11, for instance.

Which version of Windows 10 do I have?

1: Click the Start button in the bottom left corner

2: Type ‘About Your PC’ and click it when it comes up

3: The About screen will pop up, showing the Edition, Version and OS Build, along with information about your machine.

Which version of Windows 8 do I have?

1: Go to Settings Change PC Settings.

2: Click PC and devices PC info

3: The PC screen will pop up, look under Windows and you’ll see the Edition.

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Which version of Windows 7 do I have?

1: Click the Start button in the bottom left corner

2: Type ‘Computer’ and right-click it when it appears, then look for Properties

3: The About screen will pop up, showing the Edition, Version and OS Build, along with information about your machine.

Which version of Windows Vista do I have?

1: Click the Start menu

2: Click Computer and right click Properties

3: In the pop-up box look for Windows edition.

Read more about the different version of Windows in our feature: 30 years of Windows from Minesweeper to Metro,