How to Check What Version of Windows You Have

You may need to know the exact version of your Windows for multiple reasons. For example, for creating an installation media, or to know which features you can use as each version of Windows has its own features and limitations. For example, Remote Desktop is not available in the Home version of Windows but it is available in the Professional versions. There are a couple of methods to figure out which version you are on.

In this guide, i will walk you trough these methods. You do not need to follow all of them, additional methods are just for your information. All the methods stated in this guide works without any third party/additional software.

Method 1: Check Windows Version Using winver

Hold the Windows Key and Press R. In the run dialog, type winver and press Enter.

An About Windows dialog will open up from where you can see the Build # and the exact version of your Windows.


Method 2: Through System Window

Hold the Windows Key and Press Pause/Break button. If Pause/Brk Key is not present on your keyboard, then use the Pause button. This will open a System dialog.


Method 3: Fetch Via Command Prompt

You can also fetch the information via command prompt. Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Type cmd and Click OK. Once the Command Prompt window opens up, type the following command exactly as it is

systeminfo | findstr /B /C:”OS Name” /C:”OS Version”


Method 4: Fetch via WMIC

Click Start and Type cmd -> Right Click cmd and choose Run As Administrator. If you are running, Windows 8/8.1 or 10, then Hold the Windows Key and Press XChoose Command Prompt (Admin). Once you get to the black command prompt window, type the follow command and press enter.

wmic OS get Caption,CSDVersion,OSArchitecture,Version


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