Get Windows Version

How to get the Windows Version from the System Registry

The Windows version is stored in the registry key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion


The value CurrentVersion contains the version number as string(!):

Version Number: Operating System:
5.0 Windows 2000
5.1 Windows XP
5.2 Windows XP 64bit
5.2 Windows Server 2003 / R2
6.0 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008
6.1 Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2
6.2 Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012
6.3 Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2
10.0 Windows 10 (Preview)


The value ProductName contains the system name, e.g. "Windows 8.1"



Helper function to read a string value from the registry:

CString GetStringFromReg(HKEY keyParent, CString keyName, CString keyValName)
    CRegKey key;
    CString out;
    if (key.Open(keyParent, keyName, KEY_READ) == ERROR_SUCCESS)
        ULONG len=256;
        key.QueryStringValue(keyValName, out.GetBuffer(256), &len);
    return out;


Get the OS version (e.g. "6.3")

CString osversion = GetStringFromReg(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, L"SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion", L"CurrentVersion");


Get the OS name (e.g. "Windows 8.1")

CString osname = GetStringFromReg(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, L"SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion", L"ProductName");

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