[Guide] How to identify the build of Windows 9x

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[Guide] How to identify the build of Windows 9x

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I am starting these series of guides to gather the member knowledge into one single forum. I've had too many questions on how to identify various builds so let's put all that info here. I will section this post into several groups, and each may have several subgroups. The groups and subgroups may change depending on the info. Members can post their answers in this thread, or PM me the info and I'll add it to this main post whenever I can. Let's try to be thorough here and be sure to post your answers in the right post - there will be three: One for Win9x, one for WinNT and one for Others. I will split or merge them further if needed.

Be sure to specify what OS/OS:es your answers are for. And don't post questions in this forum, only hard and proper facts. If possible please provide screenshots.

The above info will be edited and removed once the info pours in. I will take the liberty of removing irrelevant posts from this thread.
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Re: [Guide] How to identify the build of Windows 9x

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Startmenu
Press "Run"

Either type "winver" or "cmd" and the build number shall be shown.
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Win9x (WinMe):
- Start
- Run
- typ command.com
- typ ver

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for all win9x:
If you don't have the build installed, extract user.exe from the cabs (NOT the one in mini.cab).
Open it up in a hex editor, search for 4.00 (win95), 4.10 (win98) or 4.90 (win ME). The build number should be there.

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Go to System Properties to do this.

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You can also boot from the installation media (If bootable) or from the startup disk for the corresponding build of MIcrosoft Windows 9x, and type "ver" and press enter after command.com loads.

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ver in command.com produces a string embedded in command.com. This is how i got msdos 7.10.2400, for example.

With OS/R 2 you get different versions, depending on who you ask: DOS gives 1111, Windows gives 1214.

You could try a third-party utility, such as cmdinfo from http://www.savilltech.com but i am not sure what this exactly means. Under OS/2, a test from the command line, gives the version as 2.xy, while a pm version gives it as x.y, eg 2.31 vs 3.1 for OS/2 connect.

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os2fan, Windows (aka user.exe) gives 950b for OSR2 ..

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Re: [Guide] How to identify the build of Windows 9x

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IMHO the safest and most accurate method is to right-click the "kernel32.dll" file residing in "%WinDir%\System32" (if running the OS) or the one you have extracted from the installation CAB files (for safety ignore the one from "mini.cab"). This will bring up the "File Properties" dialog and if you click the "Version" or "Details" tab, the "File Version" line holds the exact version number in the "4.mm.nn.bbbb" form, where "bbbb" is the build number.

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Windows 95:

4.00.950[a]

Windows 98:

either
4.10.1998
4.10.2222[a]

Windows ME

4.90.3000
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By the default wallpaper!

Why not?

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Because the goal is to identify build, not version. And also AFAIK Windows 9x hasn't got wallpaper by default

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A well

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finding the buildtag is much easier and effective. Winver in Windows NT 5 and up gives the buildtag. but for NT4 down and Win 9x, taking a hex editor to user.exe is the way to go
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Windows 9x builds.

Command.com - Typing 'ver' at the command prompt brings up a string at the end of command.com. You can hex edit this to say what ever ye want. [My MS-DOS 7.10 has 7.10.2400 here].

OS/R 1.x is known as 0950 and 0950a. The 'shortcut.exe' from the NT resource kit supp 2 (not in supp 4) shows 0951.

OS/R 2.x seems to have 1111, 1212, and 1214 as known builds, however, all versions of DOS from this show 1111. Command.com seems to refer to 4.10.1053 as well.

OS/R 3.x is known in 1998 and 1999. The retail versions i have are 1998, but the DOS that Wengier's MS-DOS 7.1 is based on b1999, which is otherwise unknown.

OS/R 4.x is know at 2222, 2223, and 2224. The version updates are used to control patches added to it. The main version seems to be 2222.

OS/R 5.x is known only at 3000, although this version has been updated several times since (eg in the xp and vista boot disks) .

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Is there any equivalent to "PaintDesktopVersion" on Windows 9x to add the build watermark to the desktop?

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Windows Type and Version Display v1.9 (16/32bit)
John M.Howells, Freeware

This is an old but fine small program that works with all Win3.x-, Win9x- and NT-systems - showing all their (inconsistent) informations. And it is the only one giving the exact build-number of an installed Win32s!
I pulled that prog from a german magazine-CD many years ago. It seems to be no more available on the web, so here it is:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/htwpik

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Why all of this when you can just click Start-Run and type winver?
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Kelton2 wrote:Why all of this when you can just click Start-Run and type winver?
Because this is what winver looks like in Windows 9x:

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better question would have been How to identify the build of Windows 9x without installing it

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Windows 95
4.00.950 (a,A,B,C)
4.40.310
Windows 98
4.10.1998 (A)
4.10.2222 (A,B)
Windows Millennium Edition
4.90.3000

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I think ver in COMMAND is useful.

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dans34 wrote:better question would have been How to identify the build of Windows 9x without installing it
I don't think it's possible to identify the build without installing.
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Kelton2 wrote:
dans34 wrote:better question would have been How to identify the build of Windows 9x without installing it
I don't think it's possible to identify the build without installing.
Get MSDOS.SYS, IO.SYS and COMMAND.COM from the CAB files, create a boot disk with these file. Then you can get the build number when you boot a machine with it.

Check the version of these files:
krnl386.EXE
USER.EXE
Ntkern.vxd(for 95 OSR versions)

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