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Windows 9.7? Numbering Confusion Resolved

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10

Eddie had a question about something that often confuses people about Windows.  He writes:  “I am using Windows 9.7 but you do not mention this one to change over to 10.0.”   Eddie – you may be misreading something. There is no Windows 9. Microsoft skipped from 8.1 to Windows 10.

Sometimes people look at the Kernel numbers for Windows (Windows XP is 5.1, Windows 7 is 6.1,Windows 8 is 6.2 and Windows 8.1 is 6.3 ), and confuse those numbers, but since you’re going higher in the numbers, I wonder if you aren’t looking at something like a version of the AOL desktop. The most recent version of that is 9.7. That’s a program that you download onto your PC and not an operating system.

To see what operating system you’re using on your PC, go to Computer or This PC on your system and right-click on your main hard drive. Then choose properties.


Your PC will display which OS you’re running.


~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Windows 9.7? Numbering Confusion Resolved”

  1. Paula Rubin says:

    Unfortunately, I’m still confused:
    I also have 9.7 w/AOL. My question is, “Is 9.7 the equivalent of Windows 10, even though my Windows is Windows 7? Sorry to make this more confusing, but it really is for me too.
    Thank you for being on of everything and your availability to continue to answer questions.

    • cynthia says:

      Paula: There is no Windows 9.7. I see from your comment that you have an AOL address, so I suspect you’re talking about AOL 9.7. It is not an operating system but a program that you open up and use. The two aren’t connected at all.

      • Shanker says:

        Hi Cynthia,

        I appreciate your efforts to find the possible reason of a User’s erroneous observation. That’s sincereity.


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