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How to get OS version. Part 2.

Not so long time ago I have published short article about reading Windows OS version. I have got lot of e-mails asking me for source code. In fact, there is nothing hard to do what I described but after describing it lot of times I decided to create few units with read OS version functions.

There are three units: for Delphi, for C# and for C++.

You can download it on GitHub

I use this method in my Wireless Communication Library and it works great on all supported platforms in any possible situation (at least for now).

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