Is there a sure way to check whether I am running Windows 8 or 8.1?

When I right-click on Computer and select "Properties", I see "Windows 8 Pro" in the "Windows edition" section - but I don't know if Microsoft shows "8" regardless...

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    Hit the Windows button type WinVer, press enter. If it says 6.3 it's Windows 8.1. 6.2, Windows 8. 6.1, Windows 7. etc. (For that matter on mine it tells me that the Windows 8.1 etc. etc. in the copyright message.) – Mark Allen Nov 26 '13 at 21:07
  • See superuser.com/a/643093/78897 too. – Pacerier Oct 28 '15 at 10:13

Use a Powershell or a batch command and compare your output

  • Powershell: [System.Environment]::OSVersion.Version
  • Command line> ver
Operating system                     Version number
Windows 10 Insider Preview           10.0
Windows Server Technical Preview     10.0
Windows 8.1                           6.3
Windows Server 2012 R2                6.3
Windows 8                             6.2
Windows Server 2012                   6.2
Windows 7                             6.1 
Windows Server 2008 R2                6.1
Windows Server 2008                   6.0
Windows Vista                         6.0
Windows Server 2003 R2                5.2
Windows Server 2003                   5.2
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition             5.2
Windows XP                            5.1
Windows 2000                          5.0


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  • @nixda Still no idea. Regardless, Windows 9x is long obsolete. – kinokijuf Nov 26 '13 at 17:26
  • Powershell is King! – MDT Guy Nov 27 '13 at 22:52
  • Bravo, Windows expect users to remember that 6.2 is Windows 8 and 6.1 is Windows 7. – Pacerier Oct 28 '15 at 10:09
  • @kinokijuf, Does ver work? – Pacerier Oct 28 '15 at 10:09

To be honest, probably the easiest way to check is whether you have a start button on the desktop.

Unless of course you're using something like classic shell...

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  • So, "start button on desktop" = 8.1 or 8.0? – Pacerier Oct 28 '15 at 10:11
  • It would mean 8.0 of course. Windows 8.1 is the only version with a start button by default :) I probably should've been more specific but I assumed that everyone was aware of the start button scandal at the time – Kryten Oct 29 '15 at 11:03
  • What scandal are you referring to? – Pacerier Oct 29 '15 at 18:22
  • That it had been removed and replaced by a hot corner – Kryten Oct 30 '15 at 10:09

It would say Windows 8.1 Pro if you're using Windows 8.1.

However, if you really want to verify you can follow this from MS:

Which Windows operating system am I running?

This tool will simply tell you, and provide you additional ways to get more info, such as:

Check for operating system info in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1:

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click PC info.
3. Look under Windows for the version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.

Check for operating system info in Windows 8 or Windows RT

1. On the Start screen, type Computer, press and hold or right-click Computer, and then tap or click Properties.
2. Look under Windows edition for the version and edition of Windows that your PC is running.

For me it shows this:

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FYI, I simply Googled "windows check which version", that was the first result. Not really sure why it was necessary to ask here.

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    This is exactly what I followed before coming here. Like I said, I see "Windows 8 Pro" in the "Windows edition" section - but I don't know if Microsoft shows "8" regardless... – nute Nov 26 '13 at 14:32
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    @nute - As I said in the first line (pre and post edit): "It would say 'Windows 8.1 Pro'". – nerdwaller Nov 26 '13 at 14:33

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