Every computer or laptop you use will be running an operating system. Majority of the time you will be running either a Windows or Mac operating system (OS). One of the most common questions we get asked by our clients is which operating system am I running?
Why you should know which operating system you’re using
It’s important to know which operating system you’re running from a cyber security perspective. You should always have the latest updates installed to provide you with the latest security patches. From an IT support company point of view, by knowing your operating system and version, it can make our troubleshooting process a lot quicker.
How to see which operating system you’re running on Windows
If you’re running a Windows OS, it’s likely to be Windows 7 or 10. If you are running Windows 7 you must be upgraded by January 2020 due to support from Microsoft ending.
To check this complete the following steps;
Click start and type ‘About Your PC’ and select this option.
Scroll down to the section called ‘Windows Specifications’. From here you’ll be able to see the following information;
If those steps aren’t available for you, it’s unlikely you’re running Windows 10. Luckily there’s an easy way to check which version of Windows you’re using by using a run command.
Press the ‘Windows key + R’ to open the run command box. In the Run box type ‘winver’ and press enter;
A popup similar to this will then appear;
You can then see clearly which operating system you’re using including its current version and build.
How to see which operating system you’re running on an Apple Mac
Finding which version of Apple’s OS X, you’re running is straightforward. Once you’ve logged into your Mac device do the following;
Click the Apple logo in the top left of your screen and click ‘About This Mac’
You’ll then see this popup;
This will give you all the information about which OS you're running and general information about your Apple device.
We hope this guide has helped you identifying which operating system you are running. Didn't work or have any other questions about your operating system? Feel free to leave to leave a comment below.