Platform Helper

The " x,x,x" part of the Software Update Wizard syntax corresponds to values for the following items:

  1. Windows Platform - 16bit Windows, Windows 9X or Windows NT and descendants.
  2. Windows Major Version
  3. Windows Minor Version

The values are:

Operating System Meaning
Win32s on Windows 3.1 0
Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me. 1
Windows NT and later 2

Operating systemVersion number
Windows 8.16.3*
Windows Server 2012 R26.3*
Windows 86.2
Windows Server 20126.2
Windows 76.1
Windows Server 2008 R26.1
Windows Server 20086.0
Windows Vista6.0
Windows Server 2003 R25.2
Windows Server 20035.2
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition5.2
Windows XP5.1
Windows 20005.0

* For applications that have been manifested for Windows 8.1. Applications not manifested for 8.1 will return the Windows 8 OS version value (6.2). To manifest your applications for Windows 8.1 please refer to the current Windows compatibility cookbook.


The first digit in the version number is the 'MajorVersion' and the second digit is the 'MinorVersion'.


These constants correspond to the values returned by the Windows API GetVersionEx() function.  (See also :