To find the Windows version on any machine, click the "Start" button and go to "Computer," then click on "Properties" and look under the "Windows Edition" section. The version of Windows running on that machine will be listed in that section. It will also let the user know if the machine is running a specific type of Windows like Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows XP Home.
If a user needs to know whether a machine is running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows, there is a way to find that information as well. When a user clicks on "My Computer" and then properties, the version of the operating system that is running will be displayed. It will be listed as "x64 Edition" for the 64-bit edition. Nothing listed under "system" means the machine is running the 32-bit version. This is good information to have if a user is trying to run programs that use a lot of random access memory. (RAM) Programs meant to be run on a 64-bit system will not run on a 32-bit system, and in most cases, won't even install.
In order to download and run certain programs, Windows will need to be up to date. Any necessary updates from the Microsoft website will need to be ran and installed before installing games or other programs.