How do I know which operating system my computer is running? Have you ever wondered what an operating system is? Well, we all know it is something on our computer but what exactly its purpose is.
Well, an operating system is a software that acts as a managing force for your hardware and software within your computer. Like the brain in our body that does all the programming of our data, without it, we cannot function. Similarly, an operating system is like the brain of the computer, it provides the services that you require from a computer, and without it, the computer may just not function. Almost all kinds of computers require having an operating system to work.
There are two kinds of operating systems that are most commonly used and preferred by people worldwide. This includes Windows by Microsoft and mac OS by Apple. To find out which operating system is running on your computer, the first thing you need to know is to keep reading this article.
One of the first things you need to do is to identify what operating system you are using is by identifying the brand of the operating system are you using. This can be easily determined when you switch on your respective laptop or computer. The questions that need to be answered initially are:
If your answer to the above-asked questions is ‘Yes’ then you are using the Mac operating system.
If somehow you are unable to locate the logo of what brand you are using, you can easily find out is by switching on your computer, as the computer comes to life, it displays the logo of the operating system, that is, either Mac or Windows. This will help you narrow down your options of which operating system your computer is using.
Once you have determined that your operating system is that of Windows by Microsoft, then figuring out specifics of that particular operating system is easy, and there are various methods you can use to determine it.
In this method, you need to click on the windows icon or the four box shape located on the left bottom edge of your desktop. Click on it, and you can either search for the run app and click on it or click on the windows icon and R key at the same time. A dialogue box appears where you type in ‘winter’ and click ‘ok’ and the operating system you are using is immediately displayed.
The second method suggests that you click on the magnifying glass that may be located on the bottom left of your computer or you can click on the windows icon (4 boxes) and type ‘about your PC’ in the search text box and click when you see ‘about your PC’ comes up, a dialogue box will appear giving you specifications of your operating system.
In this method, you again need to click on the start menu located on the bottom left corner of your desktop. On the right-hand side, you can read the label named computer. Take your mouse there and right-click on it. You will see a drop-down list appeared, then go on and click on properties. A dialogue box will appear onto your screen showing you what kind of operating system you use and the system type etc.
If you are using macOS introduced by Apple, there are various ways you can find out which version you are using by following the steps mentioned.
By clicking on the Apple menu, this menu can be found on the corner of your laptop screen. When you have done this first step, then look for the option you see written ‘about this mac,’ click on it. A dialogue box will appear on your laptop or computer where you will be able to see all the information about your operating system that your laptop is using. This may include your macOS name that is being used, apart from that the name of the operating software such as Catalina or Mojave. The version that is being used by the laptop, as well as the serial number and other important information, can be seen from this dialogue box, and you will be well aware of the operating software your computer is using.
These are the various methods you can use to easily identify which operating software your computer is using, but fist does remember to analyze which brand of operating software you are using to narrow down your options.
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