Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finding information about my operating system

Knowing information about your operating on your computer is important for many reasons:
  1. For downloading drivers: If you need to update a driver at any stage, and you will, you will need to know what operating system you have so you can download the right driver. There is a different driver for every version of Windows..For example my Cannon Printer might have Windows Vista Home, ultimate etc, Windows Seven home, Windows seven. The list just goes on. Please also see what is a device driver?
  2. For downloading software: If you need to download or buy certain software you will need to know if it is compatible with your operating system. For example new software may not be compatible with the older operating systems such as Windows XP. 
  3. 32 bit or 64 bit: You might know what operating system version you have but is your next question:" Do I have a 32 or 64 bit ?" You will also need to know these details when downloading software. Especially if you have 64bit operating system installed as not all software is compatible with it. 
Where can I find information about my operating system? 
  1. Go to the start menu. 
  2. Right click on computer. Choose properties from the menu.
  3. Then all the info will be there for you to see..
In the screen shot below it shows which operating system I have. 

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