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 or so, 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.
Determining the current version of Windows 10 by going to Settings app: Simply use the Windows + I to open the Settings app, navigate to System, and then go to About.
On About, you will be able to determine the version of Windows 10 and various useful information, such as edition, operating system build, memory, system type (architecture), and more.
Go to Start, do a search and launch System Information. While in System Summary, you will be able to identify a great deal of information about your computer, including the operating system edition (e.g., Pro, Home, etc.), version by build number, and a lot more information.
Go to Start, do a search and open Command Prompt, and then use one of the following commands:
The above command quickly shows you the main version of Windows.
systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
The above command will query the name and version of your operating system.
wmic os get version
The above command will query the current version of the operating system
Perhaps the simplest and more effective way to tell exactly which version of Windows 10 you’re using is by running the About Windows utility.
Simply, open Start, type Winver, and hit Enter. Then About Windows will open, and you will see specifically which version (e.g., “Version 1511”) you’re running and the full build number (e.g., “OS Build 10586.17“).
While we saw today a number of methods to determine the exact version of Windows 10, using the Settings app and Winver 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.
Can you now tell which version of Windows 10 are you running? Are you running the latest version? Do you have another way to determine the version of Windows 10? Tell us in the comments bellow.