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How to find the Windows 10 version and build number on your PC

by AshwinJune 6, 2018

How to find the Windows 10 version and build number on your PC? If you run into any issues on your PC, like a graphics card problem, lags, etc., most if not every tech support forum or company will ask you which operating system you are running on the computer.

A lot of people immediately answer Windows. Some people who aren’t tech savvy don’t know what version of Windows they have.

For the technically sound, all it takes is a glance of the desktop, and you will find the information based on the color scheme or even the wallpaper on the desktop. But what if someone had customized the system to make it look very different? People like to change the wallpaper, and those who hate the Windows 10 Start Menu use alternative programs for an actually usable Start Menu, like Windows 7 had.

The average Joe will tell you to right click on “Computer”, to find the operating system’s information. But is that enough? You will only find which version of Windows you have, i.e., Windows 10, or Windows 7, etc. not the version number of the Windows that is installed. For example: Windows 10 version 1803 (OS Build 17134.81).

Why is this important anyway?

It depends on the issue. Windows 10 Updates are infamous for causing issues with various third-party programs, and quite often end up with incompatibility issues with hardware or drivers. So, the version and build number will help narrow down on what could be causing the problem.  And this in turn, could be crucial for the tech support person, to help you resolving the issue.

So, what application or technical skills do I need, to know how to find the Windows 10 version and build number?

The answer is none. All you need is to run one command to get the information. That’s right, a single word is the solution for this issue.

How to find the Windows 10 version and build number on your PC:

  1. Press the Windows + R keys together.
  2. This will bring up the Run dialog box.
  3. In the text field in the Run box, type the word “winver” without the quotes like so. How to find the Windows 10 version and build number
  4. Hit enter and a new window will pop-up. This is the About Windows panel.
  5. You will find the exact version and build number of Windows 10, that is installed on your computer.

The version number only changes with major updates, but the build number changes with every Cumulative Windows 10 Update, which are released every month.

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