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My eventual goal is to use RemoteFX, which I understand is in RDP8. However, I may already have RDP8. How can I tell which version of Remote Desktop Protocol I'm using?
Here is a Microsoft Technet article explaining how to check the version of the remote desktop client.
By default in Windows 7 you will have RDP 7, but you can update it to RDP 8.1 by following these instructions from Microsoft support.