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Identify Windows Version using Linux

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Often, when repairing a Windows boot process, since Windows won't boot, I'll use a Linux Live CD of one type or another for various things.

And, when doing that, I want to know which Windows version is on the hard drive.

How can that be done using Linux?  I've not found it....
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open C:\Windows\System32\License.rtf
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@Olgierd Ungehojer:

I just checked that file on my Win10 Pro machine, and I cannot find any reference to Win 10 in it at all.

I did not read the whole thing (else my brain would now be mush) - I did a search for '10' and the only hits were things like section numbers.

How can you tell the version from that file?

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File looks like this on windows 7
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C:\Windows\System32\License.rtf  doesn't exist on my XP machines.
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you have windows version information for Vista, W7, W8, W8.1, for windows 10 there is no information but you know that is windows 10 then.
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Thanks!
Usually it's Windows 10 to begin with but possibly Windows 8 or 7.
Is it [blank/home] or is it Pro?
Which winver?
explorer.exe file version is 10.0.15063.608 but where is a table of these?
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There is no table of versions in Windows Explorer, just the current version, so you need to use the VER tool to see what the version is.

If you need a table of Versions and Builds otherwise, you would have to use Google. Windows does not keep a table of versions. Even old files get cleaned up and deleted.
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What I need really, is to know which Windows Install DVD to use when dealing with a computer that won't boot.
My DVDs have been created in the normal way and are segregated between "Pro" and "not Pro" and between 32-bit and 64-bit.  
Well, there may be some that do double duty but I never know which ones.
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There are other reasons to use a Linux live CD.  So.....
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Lots of options - If 'pev' doesn't work for some reason, maybe combine with other options above.