Recently, you can buy a PC or laptop with a pre-installed Windows operating system. This is convenient as the system is fully configured and checked for errors. But you can get a computer or laptop without an installed operating system. Then the user has to additionally contact a special service provider to install the operating system. But when there is a need to install additional software or applications, the question of the compatibility of such programs and the operating system version installed by the user comes into play. Then the user has different questions about the characteristics of the operating system installed on the user’s computer or laptop.
In this article, we tried to explain various methods to verify your installed operating system (Windows) version. Here, We will find out about:
- What version of “Windows” is installed on your computer?
- What type of operating system is installed on your system: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)?
- Which service pack is installed on your Windows system (SP1, SP2, SP3, etc.)?
- What version of Windows 10 updates is installed on your computer (update versions 1511, 1607, 1703, etc.)?
There are many ways to get the answers to these questions about the operating system installed on your computer. We will show different methods for this. You can try them all and choose the most suitable one for you.
Method 1: Using the “Winver” Command
This method is very simple and allows you to quickly find out information about the installed version of the Windows operating system using the simple “winver” command. This is a universal method, and it is suitable for any version of Windows.
- Press the “Windows+R” key combination together to open the “Run” dialog box.
- In the command line field, enter “winver” and press the “Enter” button.
- The command launches the “Windows: Details” dialog box.
- The window reflects the basic information about your operating system. It shows the version of the system, build number, service pack, etc.
- You can also find out which username or organization it is registered in.
Method 2: Using the “Properties” Window
In all versions of Windows, the default set of applications is included, in which the System application is available. It contains a large amount of useful and detailed information on the version of the operating system, and it is always easy to check.
You can open the “System” window in different ways. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on the “Windows logo” to open the “start menu”.
- Now, in the Windows 10 search bar, type “Control Panel”.
- Click on the “Control Panel” available in the result section to open the control panel.
- In the Control Panel, select the “System” section.
- Here, you can see the windows version and all related information.
The “System” window displays all the basic information. You can see which version of Windows ( XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1 or 10 ) is installed on your computer, as well as determine the release of the operating system ( Home, Professional, Home Basic, Home Premium, etc.) and check whether the service pack is installed or not. In the “System Type” section, you can determine whether the system is either 32-Bit or 64-Bit. Also, the list of basic computer parameters specified in the “System” window includes information about the processor, installed memory (RAM), computer name, product identifier, etc. Here you can easily find all the necessary information about your operating system.
Method 3: Using the “Settings Window” in Windows 10
If you use the Windows 10 operating system, you can find information about the installed version of Windows, its publication, updating, etc. using the “Settings” app.
You can open the application in different ways as mentioned below:
- In the lower-left corner of the screen on the “Taskbar”, click the “Start” button and in the start menu, click the small gear icon.
- Press the key combination together “Windows+X” or right-click the “Start” button, select the “Settings” option in the pop-up menu.
- The fastest way, use the “Windows+I” key combination to open the Settings window directly.
- Now click the “System” icon in the “Settings” window.
- Then scroll the tab list slider down to the end and select the “About” option located in the left pane of the window.
- In the right pane of the Settings window, you will see all the Windows information such as information about the Windows 10 release, version number, operating system build number, product ID, processor, RAM, system type (32-bit or 64-bit version) ), etc.
Method 4: Using the Registry Editor Application
You can use the “Registry Editor” application to find out information about the installed version of Windows. However, it is important to remember that any actions with the registry must be performed carefully and with extreme caution. Any incorrect registry changes can cause errors or a system crash, which will lead to the inability to run individual applications or the crash of the operating system as a whole. Before you start working with the registry, be sure to create a working copy of it. In the ribbon of the main menu of the “Registry Editor” window, click the “File” tab and select the “Export” section. Choose a place to store a copy of the registry, title the file and click “Save” to complete.
To view information about the Windows operating system, follow these steps:
- Press together the key combination “Windows Key+R”, to open the “Run” dialog box. Then type “Regedit” in the command line box and click “Ok” or press the “Enter” key on the keyboard.
- In the warning message “Allow this application to make changes on your device?” Click “Yes” to open the “Registry Editor” window.
- Now, go to the following address:
Or simply enter the address in the status bar under the ribbon of the main menu in the Registry Editor.
- In the right pane of the window, you will find several lines containing useful information about the installed version of Windows. Some of them are as follows:
- ProductName (shows information about the installed version of Windows)
- EditionID (Installed edition of the Windows version)
- CompositionEditionID (installed version of Windows)
- BuildBranch (Windows 10 Information)
- CurrentBuild (Build version of Windows 10)
- CurrentBuildNumber (Build number Windows 10)
- ReleaseId (Windows 10 Release Version Information)
Method 5: Using the “systeminfo” Command
You can also get detailed information about the installed Windows operating system and the parameters of your personal computer using the “systeminfo” command.
- Open the command line as an administrator or log in as an administrator and call the command line. This can be done in multiple ways such as below:
- Press the “Windows+R” key combination together and in the “Run” window, in the command line field, enter “cmd”.
- Right-click the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of the screen or press the “Windows+X” key combination and select the “Windows PowerShell (administrator)” option.
- Now enter the following executable command and press the Enter key on the keyboard to start the process of collecting information
- The system will need to perform a specific set of tests. After a few seconds, you will receive detailed information about the system.
- Scroll up a little and find the name of your operating system, its version, type of system, etc. in the results.
Method 6: Using the WMIC Command
You can also use the WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) command in the command window to get brief information about your system and the installed version of Windows.
- Open the “Command Prompt” as an administrator using any of the above methods.
- Then enter the following executable command and press “Enter” on the keyboard to execute:
- All available information will be reflected in the command window: the version of the operating system, the build number, version updates and more.
- You can also use the “GET” parameter in conjunction with the executable command “WMIC OS” to obtain a specific parameter of information. For instance:
WMIC OS GET Name
WMIC OS GET Version.
- You’ll see the full name of the operating system and its version number, respectively.