Windows is the most popular operating systems in the world. There are many software applications available for Windows based computers. However, not all apps and programs will work on all Windows versions. In addition, many websites offer troubleshooting guides for specific Windows version. Therefore, it is important for you to find which Windows version your computer is using before installing an app or changing settings following an online tutorial. If you are in a situation looking for what Windows version you are using, then here is how to find Windows version on your computer.
Different Context of Windows Versions
People use different context when mentioning the operating system used on their computer. Some refer OS name like Windows XP as a version while others refer the actual version like “Windows 10 Build 17763” is a version. Here are some general examples:
- OS Name – Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Windows 11
- Edition – Home, Pro or Enterprise
- OS Build – like 17763.914
- Version – like 1809, 1903 or 21H2
- System type – 32-bit or 64-bit
Though system type is not a Windows version, still many people refer 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Windows. Let us see how and where you can find these Windows specification details on your computer. We explain here with the Windows 10/11 and some options may not be available in earlier operating systems.
Find Windows Version on Your Computer
The problem with Microsoft is that they provide the same information or option in different places. It is the same with the system information and you can find in different places about the Windows version details.
1. Windows Version in System Settings
The good part is that you can find all the above listed information in one single place with clear definition.
- Press, “Win + I” to open Windows Settings app and click on “System” settings.
- Scroll down and click on the “About” section to view all device and Windows specifications details.
In this system settings section, you can find all the details related to Windows like version, build and edition. If you are on Windows 11, you can also find an additional information called “Experience”. This will show the current installed package like “Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22000.795.0” as shown in the below picture.
2. Using WINVER Command
The next way is to use the Run prompt to find the Windows version.
- Press “Win + R” shortcut keys to open Run prompt.
- Type WINVER and press enter.
- It will show you “About Windows” dialog box with your Windows version detail.
Alternatively, you can also go to “Command Prompt” or “Windows PowerShell” to run WINVER command. It will also open the same “About Windows” dialog box like above. On Windows 11, you can open the Terminal app to either use Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.
3. Get Windows Version from System Information
Microsoft offers Windows Administrative Tools that many of us never use. One of the administrative tools is “System Information” which you can use to find Windows version on your computer.
- Go to “Start > Windows Administrative Tools > System Information”.
- Alternatively, use Cortana or Windows Search to find “System Information” desktop app and open.
- You can view the Windows version detail under the “System Summary” section.
4. Find Windows Version from Control Panel
Microsoft consolidated most of the options available in Control Panel to Windows Settings app. However, the Control Panel is still available and you can use it the app to find Windows version as explained below.
- Search for “Control Panel” in search box and open the Control Panel desktop app.
- Go to “System and Security > System” section.
- Here you can find the Windows edition and system type. However, you will not find the Windows version detail here.
5. From This PC Properties
If you are familiar with finding details from the properties dialog then you can find the Windows edition from the This PC properties.
- Right click on the This PC icon on your desktop. If you are not finding the icon, check our article on how to bring This PC icon to your desktop.
- Alternatively, press “Windows Logo + E” keys to open File Explorer window. Scroll down on the left navigation pane to find This PC. Right click on it to open the properties.
- This will take you to the same “System” dialog that you see from the Control Panel app.