Check Version of Windows and Other Important Software

by on May 9th, 2010

Sometimes you have to check the software version and OS version you are using. If you are not sure which software version you are running, or even if you have the software installed or not, here’s how to check.

Following guide will let you check following programs and their versions with details.

  • Check Windows
  • Check Most Other Programs
  • Check DirectX
  • Check Exchange Server
  • Check FrontPage Server Extensions
  • Check for ISA Server
  • Check for ISA Server or Proxy Server
  • Check for MSJVM
  • Check for MSDE or SQL Server

Check Microsoft Windows Version

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Run.
In the Run dialog box, type: winver
Click OK.

A dialog box displays the version that you are running.

Check Most Other Programs

These steps work for most Microsoft programs, including Microsoft Office software, and Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, both components of Windows.

Start the program.
On the Help menu, click About Program Name.

A dialog box displays program information, including the version number.

Check Microsoft Direct X

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Run.
In the Run dialog box, type dxdiag
Click OK.

A dialog box displays the version that you are running.

Check Microsoft Exchange Server

Start Exchange System Manager (Exchange Server 2000 and later) or Exchange Administrator (Exchange Server 5.5 and earlier).
Click the Servers object for the Administrative Group or Exchange Site to which the server belongs.

The Server Version column lists information for each server in the group.

Check Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Search.
In the Search Results pane, click All files and folders under Search Companion.
In the All or part of the file name box, type fp4awel.dll and then click Search.

If you do have fp4awel.dll, then you have FrontPage Server Extensions 2000 installed on your computer.
If you do not have fp4awel.dll, then continue to the next step.

In the All or part of the file name box, type fp5awel.dll and then click Search.

If you do have fp5awel.dll, then you have either FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 or SharePoint Team Services. Continue to the next step to determine which one you have.

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, click All Programs, and then point to Administrative Tools.

If Microsoft SharePoint Administrator is listed as an option, then you have SharePoint Team Services installed.

If Microsoft SharePoint Administrator is not listed, then you have FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 installed.

Check Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
Review the list of currently installed programs for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration.

If this entry is present, ISA Server is installed on your computer.

Check ISA Server or Microsoft Proxy Server

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
Review the list of currently installed programs for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration or Microsoft Proxy Server.

If one of these entries is present, ISA Server or Proxy Server is installed on your computer.

Check Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM)

If you are running Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me)

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Run.
Type: command
At the command prompt, type: jview

If a message displays information about Java, you have the MSJVM installed on your computer.
If a message displays Bad command or file name, you do not have the MSJVM installed on your computer.

If you are running Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Run.
Type: cmd
At the command prompt, type: jview

If a message displays information about Java, you have the MSJVM installed on your computer.
If a message displays ‘Jview’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file, you do not have the MSJVM installed on your computer.

Check MSDE or Microsoft SQL Server

On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Search.
In the Search dialog box, type sqlservr.exe
Click OK.

If this file is present on your system, then you have MSDE or SQL Server installed.

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