What OS has this computer had on it?

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  1. rickluc

    rickluc Well-Known Member

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    A question came up the other day about what OS has this computer had on it. How do I find out ? I think I may have upgraded twice since I purchased it. Thanks
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    You posted in Windows 7 forum.
    So, your OS is Windows 7.
    Perhaps, you wanted to know what "version" of Windows 7 you have?
    In any event, please follow this......
    Start button > right side, click Computer > toolbar at top, click System Properties > under Windows Edition, it tells you what you have, including whether you have service pack installed or not.
     
  3. rickluc

    rickluc Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry. I didn't explain my question very well. Your right, I'm running Windows 7 now. My question was, I bought this computer back in about 2007 and would like to know what OS I have installed over the years? I think I've had at least 2 upgrades. Is there some file somewhere that would tell me that? Thanks
     
  4. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

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    There's really no way to tell. You can only find out what the current OS is installed, from with in Windows itself. You could do some detective work. Check the PC's vendors website, cross reference make/model number and see what original OS was installed by checking what drivers are avaiable for what OS and compare that to what OS you've and kind of guess how many in-between was installed. The only other way, would be a paper trail. If you kept all your OS purchases, you'd know.
     
  5. rickluc

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    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    Well there sometimes can be log files present when you upgrade between Windows Editions.. for example:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928901/en-us

    But one would have to have at least a general idea of what the upgrade path was, in order to look up the supposed location for each upgrade process...
     
  7. ComputerGeek

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    If you bought it new in 2007, more than likely it came with some version of Vista. If you bought it used, still more than likely Vista but better chances it would be some flavor of XP as a lot of people despised Vista when it came out.
     
  8. Josephur

    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    Also you can always look for the proverbial Windows Sticker to see what initially came on it, if it was a name brand.
     

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