How to determine the version of Windows on a computer

Note: You must be logged into Windows to use these methods.

All users who are using Microsoft Windows can find what version of Windows they're using by following the steps below.

  1. Click the Start button, usually found in the lower left corner of the main Desktop screen.
  2. Click the Run or Search field, type winver, and press Enter.

This opens a new About Windows window and display the version of Microsoft Windows, the build info, and service pack information, if any service pack is installed. Below is an image and example of this window.

Windows XP winver window
Windows XP Windows Version window

Alternative methods

Below are some additional methods of determining the version of Windows.

  1. Right-click on My Computer on the Windows Desktop or in the Start menu.
  2. Select the Properties option.
  3. In the System Properties window, as shown below, the version of Windows and the Service Pack (if installed) is displayed.

Windows XP System Properties Window
Windows XP System Properties


  1. Open an MS-DOS command prompt.
  2. Type ver and press Enter.

Note: Doing the above method may not always work, and is dependent on the version of Windows you're running. In some cases, it may display Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000] or something similar, which is the command prompt version. However, some versions of Windows (such as Windows XP) display the Windows version.

Windows on mobile devices

If you're running Windows CE on a mobile device such as a cell phone or PDA, you can determine the version of Windows CE by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel
  2. Click the Systems Icon. Within the System Properties, you'll see the version of Windows CE and the build.