How to determine installed version of Windows 10

Here are four different ways you can tell the exact version and build number of Windows 10 you're running in your computer.

Determine Windows 10 version installed on PC

As you know Windows 10 is the last version of the operating system as we know it. Because the company is moving toward delivering Windows as a Service (WaaS), meaning that there won’t be any more major releases every three years, and new features and changes will roll out as soon as they are ready.

The new model of building Windows also moves away from versioning as we used to see in the past (e.g., Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.), and it’s makes a little more difficult to track the version you’re running in your PC.

For example, Microsoft released Windows 10 back in July, and in November the operating system received its first major upgrade, which many users could consider as “Windows 10.1” or even “Windows 11” in some cases, as the upgrade brings new features, changes, and improvements to the operating system.

However, the operating system it’s still going by the name of “Windows 10”, even though it’s in fact Windows 10 version 1511, and because there aren’t significant visual changes, it’s hard to determine if you’re in fact running the latest version.

Fortunately, even though Microsoft is hiding specific details of the version you’re running in your PC, there are a number of ways to find out which version of Windows 10 you’re running, that way you can determine if you need to take any actions.

How to check Windows 10 version using Settings app

Use these steps to check the version of Windows 10 installed on your device using the Settings app:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on About.

  4. Under the “Windows specifications” section, see the version of Windows 10.

    Settings About check Windows 10 version number
    Settings About check Windows 10 version number

Alongside, the ability to determine the version of Windows 10, you’ll also be able to see additional information, such as edition (Pro, Home, Enterprise, Education, etc.), the day when the version was installed, and the build number.

 

How to check Windows 10 version using System Information

Use these steps to check your current version of Windows 10 using System Information:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for System information and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Select the “System Summary” on left pane, the information will be listed under the Version field.

    System Information check Windows 10 version number
    System Information check Windows 10 version number

The version number available with System Information only reveals the build number. If you want to know the actual version number of Windows 10, you’ll need to decode the information:

  • Version 1903, May 2019 Update (Build number 18362)
  • Version 1809, October 2018 Update (Build number 17763).
  • Version 1803, April 2018 Update (Build number 17134).
  • Version 1709, Fall Creators Update (Build number 16299).
  • Version 1703, Creators Update (Build number 15063).
  • Version 1607, Anniversary Update (Build number 14393).
  • Version 1511, November Update (Build number 10586).
  • Version 1507, Initial Release (Build number 10240).

How to check Windows 10 version using Command Prompt

Use these steps to determine your version of Windows 10 using Command Prompt:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search Command Prompt and click the top result to open the console.

  3. Type the following command to view the full version of Windows 10 and press Enter: ver

    ver
  4. Type the following command to view the name and version of Windows 10 and press Enter: systeminfo | findstr /B /C:”OS Name” /C:”OS Version”

    systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
  5. Type the following command to get the version of Windows 10 and press Enter: wmic os get version

    wmic os get version

    Check version of Windows 10 using Command Prompt
    Check version of Windows 10 using Command Prompt
  6. The above command will query the name and version of your operating system.

Once you complete the steps, you need to use the build number to determine the actual version of Windows 10:

  • Version 1903, May 2019 Update (Build number 18362)
  • Version 1809, October 2018 Update (Build number 17763).
  • Version 1803, April 2018 Update (Build number 17134).
  • Version 1709, Fall Creators Update (Build number 16299).
  • Version 1703, Creators Update (Build number 15063).
  • Version 1607, Anniversary Update (Build number 14393).
  • Version 1511, November Update (Build number 10586).
  • Version 1507, Initial Release (Build number 10240).

How to check Windows 10 version ‘About Windows’

Use these steps to check the version of Windows 10 on your computer:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for winver and press Enter.

  3. See the version number of Windows 10.

    Windows 10 winver command version check
    Windows 10 winver command version check

After you complete the steps, you’ll know the version of Windows 10 currently installed on your computer.

While we saw today a number of methods to determine the exact version of Windows 10, using the Settings app and the winver command are the most accurate, as you can see exact version and full length number of the build.

Even though, Microsoft now forces computers to run the latest version of the operating system using Windows Update, it doesn’t mean that you will be running the newest version as soon as it becomes available, as Microsoft releases new versions in stages otherwise there could be issues of Windows Update blocking an upgrade. As such, it’s a good idea from time to time to confirm the exact version of Windows 10, so you know you have the latest improvements and patches.