Matt Farrington Smith
16/12/2010 12:12 | By Matt Farrington Smith, editor, MSN Windows Live

How do I know which version of Windows I have?

Follow this handy guide to determine which version of Windows you are running.


Check which version of Windows you have

Whether you bought your computer from a shop, installed it yourself, whether you're a try-hard, die-hard or computer aficionado, you run Windows 7 32-bit, 64-bit, Vista, or XP, navigating this technological jungle can be treacherous at the best of times.

So how do you know what your rig is running, and where can you look to glean this information?


How to determine which version of Windows you have

Click on the the Windows Start menu.

Select My Computer/Computer from the menu bar.

Right-click to display your computer's properties


The next screen will display the disk drives and other hardware connected to your computer.

Right-click anywhere within the white space (don't click on any icons).

Highlight 'Properties' and click to open.

Ta-da! You will be presented with the System screen which handily includes all of the basic information about your computer.

View which version of Windows is installed on your computer


Here you can determine which Windows edition you have, view the system type (32 or 64-bit), speed of your processor, see how much memory is installed, name of your computer, Windows activation details and lots more.


Armed with this knowledge you can now trot along and download the right version of Internet Explorer for your PC.


Which version of Internet Explorer do I need?

Windows 7 and Vista users can download the latest Beta version of Windows Internet Explorer 9 today. For those of you still running the antiquated Internet Explorer 6 it's high-time you upgrade and get your browser bang up-to-date.


I'm using Windows XP

Many Windows XP users will probably still be running Internet Explorer 6 and in this case you are limited in your browser options. The best choice for you will be to download our new streamlined version of Internet Explorer 8.

Internet Explorer 8 offers you many benefits over IE6 and will also help to prevent your computer from vulnerabilities and sophisticated virus/malware attacks.

Download the new version of Internet Explorer 8



I'm using Windows 7

If you're a user of Microsoft's latest operating system you will be able to take advantage of all of the new features and enhanced performance offered by Internet Explorer 9.

Visit our Internet Explorer 9 page

You can also download our new streamlined version of Internet Explorer 8 which has been designed to take up less hard disk space.

Download the new version of Internet Explorer 8


I'm using Windows Vista

Like Windows 7 you will also be able to download Internet Explorer 9.

Alternatively you can choose to install Internet Explorer 8 as this is supported.

Visit our Internet Explorer 9 page
Download Internet Explorer 8

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