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You can find out what operating system your computer's using. by doing the following:


  • You can check the design of your computer's Start button and/or the Taskbar.
    • Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows 2000
      • Grey rectangle.
      • Grey Taskbar.
    • Windows XP
      • Green rectangle with rounded edges.
      • Blue/silver/green Taskbar, depending on your chosen theme.
    • Windows Vista
      • Blue circle.
      • Dark taskbar, colours will vary depending on your chosen theme colour.
  • Your computer should have a sticker on the tower, telling you the name of the operating system, providing it hasn't been peeled off.
  • You can always try looking at your system information.
    • Windows XP
      • Method 1
        • Click the Start button.
        • Right-click on "My Computer".
        • Click "Properties".
      • Method 2
        • Start button.
        • Click "Run".
        • Type in "dxdiag" and click "ok".
    • Windows Vista
      • Method 1
        • Click the Start button.
        • Right-click on "Computer".
        • Click "Properties".
      • Method 2
        • Click the Start button.
        • Type in "dxdiag" and press enter.

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