You can learn in this guide if you are unaware of how to check the Windows version on your desktop or laptop computer. As Microsoft pushes many major updates regularly, knowing the build number of your Windows 10/11 OS is very important. That will help you maintain the latest version of Windows on your computer and check the software and hardware compatibility.
Some features and tools only work on a certain version of Windows and build numbers (or later).
The edition indicates what type of Windows 10/11 you have. You can have Windows Home, Professional, and Enterprise. It depends on the purpose and environment you are using the OS. But the Build number indicates whether your system is using the latest final release of Windows OS relevant to you.
As no Service Pack (SP) concept exists in Windows 10 or 11, build number plays a major role here. You can find the Windows version and build number by command prompt and PowerShell, as described below, on the local or remote computer.
How to Check Version and Build Number of Windows 10/11 in GUI
1) From Settings App
‘About your PC’ can show the build. Search for ‘About your PC’ and open it.
You can see below system is running on Windows 10 17763 build number.
Here is another Windows 11 that shows the version and build number by the About settings app.
2) From System Information
Another place you can view the build number is System Information. This method will work on any Windows Operating system, like 11, 10, 8.1, Windows 7, and Vista. Search for “System information”.
In System Summary, you can view the version and build of your Windows 10 Operating System.
Windows 11/10 Build number from Command Prompt
Here are a few ways to see the version and the build of Windows 10/11 from the command prompt.
3) Open the command prompt (Type ‘cmd’ in search), then type ‘ver’; it will show the Windows version, which has the build number also.
4) Another method is to get it via system information from the command prompt. Let’s filter the required field only.
Type the below command.
systeminfo | findstr /B /C:”OS Name” /C:”OS Version”
5) The below command will open the dialogue GUI box but in a very useful and attractive way from the command prompt or PowerShell.
Even you can enter ‘winver‘ in the search (or run in older OSs), which can be opened by pressing the Windows key + R.
How to Check Windows version and Build by PowerShell Command:
6) According to delftstack, there are several PowerShell commands to get the details of the Windows OS on a computer.
One of the below commands can get the version and build number of the Windows OS.
Get-ComputerInfo | select WindowsProductName, WindowsVersion, OsHardwareAbstractionLayer
We mentioned six steps to check your computer’s Windows version/build number. These commands also work on the Server versions such as Windows 2012 R2, Windows 2016 and 2019/2022. Checking the build number and comparing it with the latest release from Microsoft will ensure that your system is up-to-date with all features and security patches from Microsoft that are highly recommended.