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How to determine the Operating System of your computer

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The Operating System is the backbone of your computer, it's what allows you to work on your Computer. Sometimes you need to know which Operating System your computer is running. Here's how to find out how you can do that.

On Windows computers, simply click, with the right mouse button, on the image of My computer, and select Properties. The version of Windows will be shown to you. Examples of Windows versions are

Windows95
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows 2000 service pack 3
Windows XP service pack 1

On Macintosh computers with a blue Apple sign in the top-left corner, click on this Apple sign, and select About this Mac. You will see the version of your Operating System in the window that opens. Examples of MacOS versions are
MacOS 10.2.8
MacOS 10.3.3
MacOS 10.1.5

On Macintosh computers with a rainbow Apple sign in the top-left corner, go the Finder (click on the desktop) click on the Apple sign, and select About this Macintosh. You will see the version of your Operating System in the window that opens. Examples of MacOS versions are
MacOS 7.5.5
MacOS 8.6
MacOS 9.2.2

On UNIX machines (Solaris, Linux,...) you can get the version by typing the command

uname -a

Examples of UNIX OS's are
SunOS machinename 5.9
SunOS machinename 5.7
OSF1 machinename V5.1 1885 alpha

Peter Van Rossem

http://webnotes.vub.ac.be/&noteid=111

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