Windows 10: Determine OS Version from hard drive files - not booting

Discus and support Determine OS Version from hard drive files - not booting in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Often, when I'm repairing a computer, I need to know what OS was running on one that won't boot. However, I can boot using a live CD and examine the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by fred3, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. fred3 Win User

    Determine OS Version from hard drive files - not booting


    Often, when I'm repairing a computer, I need to know what OS was running on one that won't boot.
    However, I can boot using a live CD and examine the files. Maybe a Linux live CD.

    So, now that I can see the files, where does one look in order to know what the Windows OS version is/was?
    I figure one can determine 32 vs. 64 bit by looking for a Program Files (x86) folder as its presence at least suggests 64-bit.
    Windows 10? Windows 10 Pro? winver? etc.

    :)
     
    fred3, Dec 2, 2017
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  2. Clean install of windows 10 OS on new SSD-best procedure for eliminating current windwos 10 OS on old hard drive

    I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 OS on a new ssd and make this the boot drive. I would like to keep the old WD 1T hard drive as a storage drive. What is the best/easiest procedure for extracting the old windows 10 OS from the old hard drive.
    I'm not sure that I know how to properly identify the OS files.
     
    ThomasSchlimmer, Dec 2, 2017
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  3. Windows 10 product key.

    Hi all

    I'm still having problems installing windows 10 from an ISO file , I've downloaded the file to a portable hard drive, plugged in to my PC and booted up, selected the hard drive, but no OS was found, even though its clearly on there.

    Cheers

    Phil
     
    Phil Hellier, Dec 2, 2017
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  4. Superfly Win User

    Determine OS Version from hard drive files - not booting

    I think running WinPESE instead of Linux would be a better alternative. You can then right-click ntoskernel in system32 of the broken install to get the build info from properties or load the software hive to get other info.
     
    Superfly, Dec 2, 2017
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  5. topgundcp Win User
    @Superfly
    Your ShowKeyPlus would be good if you can add more info such as build # and system type (32/64)
     
    topgundcp, Dec 2, 2017
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  6. Superfly Win User
    Hmmm... yup. I can add it - extend product description *Wink
     
    Superfly, Apr 4, 2018
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