How to Check Your Version of Windows

Which Version of Windows Do I Have
You're running Windows what?
Ash Ash (295)
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If you've made it this far, you're at least certain that you're using a Windows machine. In this guide, we'll go over the best way to confirm your Windows OS, edition, version, and build number. This method should work with most modern Windows machines—including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 10.

Here's everything you'll need to complete this guide:

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Windows OS System Information

Knowing which Windows operating system you have can help with installing applications or finding compatible software. The most recent Windows OS is Windows 10. If you're not sure which one you have, you can find out in the System Information tool.

  1. On your keyboard, hold the Windows Key and press R. This will open the Run window.
  2. Enter msinfo32.
  3. Press Enter or click OK
  4. Make sure System Summary is highlighted on the left-hand navigation menu.
  5. Look for OS Name at the top of the list on the right. The OS will be listed in the Value column.
Windows Edition System Information

There are several different editions of Windows. For example, Windows 10 comes with Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro editions. If you're uncertain of your exact Windows edition, you can find out in the System Information tool.

  1. Hold the Windows Key on your keyboard and press R. The Run window will open.
  2. Type msinfo32.
  3. Click OK at the bottom or press Enter.
  4. Select System Summary from the navigation menu on the left.
  5. A list of items will appear on the right. Look for OS Name near the top. The value to the right of OS Name will list the full edition of Windows installed on the machine.
Windows Version System Information

As Microsoft patches the Windows Operating system with updates, the version changes on your machine. If you need to find your version number, check the System Information tool.

  1. On your keyboard, hold the Windows Key and then press R.
  2. The Run window will appear. Type msinfo32 and press Enter.
  3. Make sure to select System Summary in the left-hand navigation menu.
  4. In the list of information on the right, look for Version near the top. The version number for the machine will be listed in the Value column.
Windows Build System Information

The build number of your Windows OS can change with system updates and patches. If you need to find the build number on your Windows machine, use the System Information tool.

  1. Hold the Windows Key on your keyboard and then press R. The Run window will open.
  2. Enter msinfo32 into the empty field.
  3. Press Enter or click OK to open the System Information tool.
  4. When the window opens, click System Summary on the left.
  5. A list of information will load on the right. Look for Version near the top. The build number will be listed in the Value column.

You can always stop Windows 10 updates to prevent the build from changing.