How to determine the version of Windows on a computer
Due to there being numerous versions of Windows, you may want to know what version you're running. The following sections shows you which version of Windows is currently installed on your computer (e.g., Windows Vista or Windows 10), and the specific version and build numbers.
You must be logged in to Windows to utilize any of the methods listed below.
See our Windows definition for more information about Microsoft Windows, including its versions and history.
Determine the version of Windows
- Press the Windows key+R to bring up the Run window.
- Type winver in the text field and press Enter.
- A window appears that shows the version of Windows you're running at the top, and then the version and build numbers in the section below.
If you're curious about whether it's 32-bit or 64-bit, see: How to determine if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit CPU.
Some network administrators restrict access to the run prompt. In this case, you can find Windows version info using the alternative methods below.
Find version in System
Open the System window by pressing the Windows key+Pause key at the same time. The version is listed on the right side under the Windows edition section.
Find version in System Information
Press the Windows key, type System Information, and then press Enter. The version of windows and its build number can be found by clicking System Summary on the left side of the window.
Find version using the Command Prompt
- Press the Windows key, type cmd, and then press Enter.
- Type ver and press Enter.
- The version of Windows is displayed on the next line.
Determine Windows version 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 by following the steps below.
- Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel.
- Click the Systems icon.
- In the System Properties window, you'll see the version and build number of Windows CE.