What Is The Current Version Of Your Windows OS?
Check which version of Windows 9x you have by right-clicking
on My Computer, choosing Properties and checking under the
General tab's System section.
The original version of Windows 95 is 4.00.950. When the
letter A follows, it indicates that Service Pack 1 or OEM
Service Release 1 (SR1) was installed; the letter B indicates
Win95 OEM Service Release 2.0 (SR2) or 2.1 (SR2.1); the letter C
indicates OEM Service Release 2.5.
note: The OEM Service Release for Windows 95 were not
released as separate Service Packs for the general public.
You can also get the Windows version number by typing ver
at a DOS prompt. You'll see 4.00.950 if you have the original
release of Win95, 4.00.1111 if it's SR2 or 4.00.1212 (or higher)
if you have an update to SR2, such as SR2.1.
Windows 98 shows 4.10.1998 on both System Properties and at
the DOS prompt.
How to Update Your Windows OS
Microsoft has had an Update Center at their web site for you
to either automatically or manually update your OS since Windows
95. This is primary
start page for the Windows family of products.
Window 95 Users
You must manually download all updates
for Windows 95.
Windows 98 Users
With Windows 98 you have the ability to either automatically
or manually download updates including the Service Pack for
Windows 98. Windows 98SE already has the Service Pack
Windows Me Users
This is the download
page for Windows ME.
Windows 2000 Professional
The Windows 2000 Professional Home
page also includes Service Pack 1 information.
Microsoft Security Bulletins
Microsoft has revamped the home
page for security updates and now list
all bulletins and has a search engine. It is now much
easier to find the updates for your OS and other Microsoft
software. Don't forget Internet Explorer.