Which Version of Windows Operating System Am I Running?

Windows operating system is the most popular operating system in the world. It is used by PCs, Laptops, Servers, etc. From its first release different Windows, operating system versions appeared. For the last 20 years, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11 versions are used popularly. Generally, most of these windows versions are similar to each other and we may require to find the exact version of the Windows. In this tutorial, we examine how to find which version of Windows operating system we are using.

Show Windows Version via Windows Run

The first method to display the Windows version is using the winver command with Windows Run. First, open the Windows Run menu using the WIN+R keyboard shortcut or using the Start Menu. Lastly, press OK .

Windows winver Command

The winver command opens the About Windows screen which is like below. This screen provides general information like;

  • Windows Version
  • Windows Operating System Build Number
  • License Information
About Windows Screen

Show Windows Version via Command Line Interface (MS-DOS, PowerShell)

The windows command line interfaces MS-DOS and PowerShell can be used to display the Windows version. The ver command can be used to displayed the current windows version in the MS-DOS or PowerShell command-line interface.

> ver
Display Windows Version In MS-DOS and PowerShell with ver Command

The winver command is used where it displays the About Windows screen described above.

> winver

Show Windows Version via System Window

Windows provides the System Window in order to provide general information about the operating system. The System Windows can be opened by using the WIN+PAUSE key shortcut. Alternatively, click to the Start and type Settings which lists it. In the following example, we can see that detailed information about the Windows version is provided.

  • Edition is the version of the Windows which is Windows 10 PRo in the following example.
  • Version is the general service pack related version number which is 21H2 in this example.
  • OS Build is the detailed version information about the Windows.
Show Windows Version via System Window

Show Windows Version via System Information

Windows operating systems also provide the System Information tool which provides detailed information about operating systems, software, hardware, software environment, etc. The System Information can be used to display the Windows version. Click to the Start menu and type System Information which lists the System Information tool.

Open System Information Tool via Start Menu

In the starting page of the system information the windows version is displayed in the OS Name and Version lines like below.

Windows Version via System Information

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