Normally, there's an ad running in this spot, but you're using an ad blocker. To help support our blog, which provides free tutorials for everybody, we just ask that you whitelist or follow us on facebook, twitter, or subscribe using the form to the leftabove. Thank you!

    Checking for Operating System Information

    Select Your OS:

    Often, when you need to install additional information on your computer, you'll be required to look up the OS version information. Read on to find out how.

    How do I check my OS version?

    Checking OS details using Terminal

    1. Type in "Terminal" within Launch Pad and select "Terminal" from the results. Launch Pad can be opened by clicking on "Super" on your keyboard, which is usually the "Windows" or "Command" key depending on your hardware.
    2. Input the following command.
    3.       lsb_release -a
    4. The following will be output to your terminal.
    5.       No LSB modules are available.
      Distributor ID: Ubuntu
      Description:    Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS
      Release:        16.04
      Codename:       xenial
    <h3><a class="chapter" name="using-unity">Checking OS Details Using Unity</a></h3>
      <li>Type in "System Settings" within Launch Pad and select "System Settings." Alternatively, you can click the System Settings icon in the launcher either to the left or bottom of your screen.</li>
      <li>Click on the "Details" icon under "System"</li>
      <li>System information will be displayed to your screen.</li>

    Checking OS Details on a Mac

    1. Click the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen.
    2. Click "About This Mac".
    3. The version number will be displayed beneath "macOS" or "OS X".

    Checking OS Details on Windows 8.1

    1. On a touch-enabled device, swipe in from the right edge of the screen. On a mouse-enabled device, hover over the lower right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer up.
    2. Tap "Settings" and then "Change PC settings."
    3. Next to "Windows" will be the version and edition of Windows your PC is running.
    4. Next to "System type" will be the system version (32-bit or 64-bit) your PC is running.

    Checking OS Details on Windows 10

    1. Click or tap Start , and type in "About your PC"
    2. Next to "Edition" will be which version (10) and edition (Home, Pro, etc) your PC is running.
    3. Next to "System type" will be the system version (32-bit or 64-bit) your PC is running.

    Did you like this tutorial? Help us pay for server costs by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribing below, where you'll get post notifications, training webinar invites, and free bundles.