How to Check Your Operating System

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If you are trying to troubleshoot problems, upgrade operating systems, or install new software it is important to know what OS you are currently running. 

How to check what version of Windows* you are running

  1. Click on the 'Start' menu
     
  2. Right click on 'Computer' or 'My Computer'
  3. Select properties
  4. In the System Properties window you will find what version of Windows OS you are working with

    *Windows 8 does not have a start menu.

How to check what version of Macintosh you are running

  1. Select the 'Apple' button
  2. Select 'About this Mac

If you know what version of Windows or Mac you are currently using and need to know more specific information about your OS, please refer to our advanced specification guides below.

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Northern Arizona University strives to support and maintain different operating systems for both Mac's and PCs alike.

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Check operating system requirements for installation of both Windows OS and Mac OS X. 


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How to find your Operating System specifications for Windows Vista users. This document will take you through finding your Processor/CPU, Ram/Memory, and what version of Windows Vista you are currently utilizing. 


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