I downloaded this version from the website https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/releases
, and selected the first file in the v18.2 list suitable for Windows 7, FreeCAD-0.18.16117.dbb4cc6-WIN-x32-installer.exe.
I unintalled the program, then downloaded the above file and installed once again to verify the information, and indeed the program version stated in the About window is 0.18-16093.
I have now downloaded the pre-release 0.19 version: FreeCAD_0.19.17337_x86_LP_11.11_PY2QT4-WinVS2013.7z. This loaded successfully with no errors being reported in the Report panel after start-up.
Thanks for the prompt reply.