Recently there has been a huge wide scale cyber-attack known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt 2.0. Most windows machines had received the patch which came out before the attacks which helped protect against it. The problem is with Windows XP machines which haven’t received Microsoft updates since April 2014. If they haven’t been affected by the WannaCry attacks, it doesn’t mean they’re safe and could easily be affected by future attacks. This has led to cyber security experts recommending that Windows XP users update immediately to a newer operating system. The attacks have left a lot of people asking’ Am I on Windows XP?’ Look at our guide below on how to check what operating system you’re running on a Windows machine.
How to tell if I’m running Windows XP
If you’re running the Windows XP operating system upon start up, you will see this screen;
If you see this, this means that you are running Windows XP and should update your operating system as soon as possible.
The default Windows XP taskbar looks like the one below;
Windows 7 and 10’s taskbars look more modern as you can see below;
Run a command
If you click the start button on the taskbar then the ‘Run’ command you will be prompted to type in your command. If you type in ’winver’ a box will appear giving you the details of the operating system that you are are running. Below is an example for Windows 10;
If you’re running XP, we recommend updating your Windows Operating System as soon as you can to Windows 7 or later.
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