Are you running the current version of Windows 10?

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There are different versions of Windows 10, and you might not be running the most current one. Here’s how to check.

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Windows 10 is the most current Windows operating system. If you’re still running Windows 7, you NEED to upgrade to Windows 10 now (you actually needed to do this over a year ago). If you’re still running Windows 8.1, you SHOULD upgrade, but it’s not critical that you do so immediately. The primary reason for upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is because Windows 8.1 is really awful.

But at this point, almost all of the computers I see are running Windows 10. That’s a good thing. The bad news is, it’s not always the most current version of Windows 10.

Probably the oldest version of Windows 10 I see sometimes these days is version 1909. That version is almost to its end of service. So if you’re running that one, we need to take action before it reaches its end of service on May 11, 2021.

The next versions after 1909 are 2004, and then the current one, which is 20H2. Either of those is fine for right now.

Here’s how to check on which version of Windows 10 you are running:

On the keyboard, find the Windows key (lower left area). Hold that down and type the letter “r”.

In the box that comes up, type: winver and click OK.

You’ll get a window that looks like the one below, which will tell you if you’re running version 1909, 2004, or 20H2.

Windows 10 version


If you are still running 1909, it most likely means that the automated Windows Updates are “stuck” and needs to be forced to update. I can do this through my Remote Support service if you need help with that. You would need the 2-hour package (it sometimes takes longer than two hours, but we don’t need to be on the phone for that whole time).

If you are running 2004 or 20H2, you’re fine for at least the rest of this year (2021).

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Jim Hardy
March 29th, 2021

Thanks, Scott; you made that very easy!

March 29th, 2021

Dear Sir: I have been running Adobe PageMaker 7 on my computers since the early 2000s. This February it was knocked-out by the Windows 10 Update. I’d reloaded it several years ago when I got this new computer running Windows 10 using a ‘hack’ I found online (coping some of the software’s folders onto another folder on my desktop, then coping the ‘.exe’ folder and pasting it into a “Programs Folder (x86 – I believe). When I clicked on that Setup icon the program installed and I was able to use it – until last month!
Do you know of a way to install PM7 on this computer with “Version 2004 (OS Build 19041.867”?.

Scott Johnson
March 29th, 2021

Sorry Bruce, I don’t know of a way to do that. PM7 was released 20 years ago so I’m surprised it was even still running at all on a current computer.