Windows 10: Windows 10 upgrade worked - but programs believe they are on Windows 8

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  1.    02 Oct 2015 #1

    Windows 10 upgrade worked - but programs believe they are on Windows 8


    I upgraded to Windows 10 and everything is working as expected. No crashes and nothing, everything fine.

    However, there is one thing that bothers me:

    Some programs obviously believe they would be running under Windows 8. An example is the XAMPP Control Panel (newest version):

    Initializing Control Panel
    Windows Version: Windows 8 64-bit
    ...
    When I check the registry, the keys under
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    point to Windows 10: "BuildLab" and "CurrentBuild" and so on all point to the 10240 build of Windows 10.

    However, I in fact still have a reference to Windows 8.1 in there:
    The key "CurrentVersion" still has the value "6.3".

    Is that normal?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 2,554
    Windows 10 x64 Home Build (Redstone(1)) 15063.608
       02 Oct 2015 #2

    I believe and someone will correct me if I am wrong some windows 8.1 is still working in windows 10 so you are running windows
    10

    if you right click button in lower left hand corner you will see system
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    If you get that you are running windows 10
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  3.    02 Oct 2015 #3

    Have you upgraded as well (and not done a clean installation)?

    What does the value "CurrentVersion" under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion say for you?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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    Windows 10 x64 Home Build (Redstone(1)) 15063.608
       02 Oct 2015 #4

    Yes I have but all I look at is what is posted and stings are better also I was getting freezes and restarts with 8.1 since upgrade have had none of that
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  5.    02 Oct 2015 #5

    Joergi said: View Post
    Is that normal?
    Yes. A clean install (a couple of days ago for me) of Windows 10 has the same in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

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    Don't worry about it.
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    Windows 10 x64 Home Build (Redstone(1)) 15063.608
       02 Oct 2015 #6

    halasz said: View Post
    Yes. A clean install (a couple of days ago) of Windows 10 has the same in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

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    Don't worry about it.
    Thank you I was trying to let him see how mine is set out and thought that I was right
    Two heads as the saying goes are better than one
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  7.    02 Oct 2015 #7

    hTconeM9user said: View Post
    Thank you I was trying to let him see how mine is set out and thought that I was right
    Two heads as the saying goes are better than one
    You aren't wrong sir (or right) , I was answering his specific question about registry values for a clean install of Windows 10. You didn't answer that so I though I would.
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  8.    02 Oct 2015 #8

    Thank you for your help guys! Much appreciated!

    So, if I get this wrong information, e.g. in the XAMPP Control Panel, then it is not that my installation of Windows 10 is somehow giving the wrong value, but the control panel is somehow working incorrectly with how it retrieves the version. (And if this "6.3" should in fact not be there, then this is a problem for all Windows 10 installations, also for cleanly installed ones, and does not have its cause in the upgrade I did.)

    I think I will then go ahead and bug the author of that control panel software to see, if he can fix it to detect the OS properly.

    halasz said: View Post
    Yes. A clean install (a couple of days ago for me) of Windows 10 has the same in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

    Don't worry about it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    02 Oct 2015 #9

    This is a clean install. If you think the "6.3" is a MS error then raise it with them.

    A better solution is something like this:

    Code:
    $OS = Get-WmiObject Win32_OperatingSystem
    
    If(-not $OS.Caption.Contains("10")) 
    {Read-Host -Prompt "This script only works with Windows 10.  Press Enter to exit."
    exit
    }
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  10.    02 Oct 2015 #10

    halasz said: View Post
    This is a clean install. If you think the 6.3 is a MS error then raise it with them.
    Puhh, I am not sure, if this 6.3 is an error or not. But, yeah, it looks wrong. All I can say is that some programmers obviously think they can use it to determine the OS version, which does not work that way in Windows 10. The functions GetVersion() und GetVersionEx() have been deprecated and should no longer be used. However, there also are other ways to figure the correct version. Other applications manage to do that as well - I actually think the problem is with the failing applications then.
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