21 replies on How to tell what Windows I have (11 ways)

  1. catester says:

    Easier still (unless you’re telling this to your Mom. or MY mom) is the WIN + Pause key combination. That opens up the system properties window.

  2. Paulo says:

    Type winver in Start menu search box and press Enter brings that info too.

  3. msinfo32 says:

    win-r; msinfo32; enter

  4. Geoff says:

    I’m still none the wiser as to what system I have. None of the above methods are even possible on my version. Anyone know of tutorials for versions before Windows 7?

  5. Allan says:

    I know I have windows 8.1 and that its 64 bit, but as to whether its Home or Pro or Ultimate or anything else is still a mystery. How do I find out?.

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Please follow Method 1 in this guide.

      • Zman says:

        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/which-operating-system will identify the OS for you and include instructions similar to your site.

      • tdunn says:

        Method 1 will tell you how to identify Win 8.1 Pro, but it doesn’t say how to identify Win 8.1 Standard. How can I confirm if I am running something other than Win 8.1 Pro?

        • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

          Method 1 tells you how to identify Windows 8.1 Pro or "Standard", which is named Windows 8.1. Please read our guide and follow it. You have all the information you need. If you have something other than Windows 8.1 Pro, you will see that information by following our guide. In our screenshots it says Windows 8.1 Pro because we have used the Pro version. However, all the steps involved are the same for all editions of Windows.

  6. Ala n Dixon says:

    How can you tell if you can only access the windows files but not run the actual OS? I have a hard drive with windows on it but I would like to know if it is WIN 7 HP or PRO?

  7. Hallo says:

    And how to determine OEM, upgrade and so on information?

  8. Emma Caler says:

    You’re sharing the best choice to check the exact version of OS, But after checking it, I recommend you to activate your OS, In case you’ve not, For which I suggest to buy cheap product key from: http://products.odosta.com
    I also bought from ODosta Store, Which is working well now.

  9. Keshav Kumar B R says:

    I am not getting any result after typing winver in the RUN box and the command prompt window as per your guidance.

  10. Ron MVP says:

    Personally, I would move tip #4 to #1. The visual ID requires you have a print out or another computer to compare the screen caps to your computer

    Here is another method, running a powershell script
    Report Windows Edition, Version and Build number
    This “copy and Paste” process will get the full Window Build and Version number information we need:
    . * In start menu, search for POWERSHELL
    . * Click on it to open a PowerShell window
    . * Copy the following lines, between the lines of ***, not including them

    $name=(Get-WmiObject Win32_OperatingSystem).caption
    $bit=(Get-WmiObject Win32_OperatingSystem).OSArchitecture

    $vert = ” Version:”
    $ver=(Get-ItemProperty “HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion”).ReleaseId

    $buildt = ” Build:”
    $build= (Get-ItemProperty “HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion”).BuildLabEx -match ‘^[0-9]+.[0-9]+’ | % { $matches.Values }

    $installd = Get-ComputerInfo -Property WindowsInstallDateFromRegistry

    Write-Host $name, $bit, $vert, $ver, $buildt, $build, $installd

    Note: the install Date will take a minute to capture the required info

    . * Paste them in the PowerShell Window
    . * Then hit enter.
    . * It will return something like this:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit Version: 1709 Build: 16299.431 @{WindowsInstallDateFromRegistry=18-01-01 2:29:11 AM}

    . * Copy that and paste it into your reply

    This article, Windows 10 Quick Tips – Build Numbers

    also does a good job of describing the 3 categories and showing alternate ways of collecting that information

    (Only) If you are having Office problems:
    In any Office 365/2016/2013 application go to:
    File menu > Account command > About section
    ie Version 1803 Build 9126.2116

    Office 2010
    File menu > Help command > About section
    ie 14.0.7197.5000


    If you want to check for yourself:



    Skip past the “Windows 10 current versions by servicing option” section (it’s just too confusing), go to the “Windows 10 release history” immediately below


    MS documentation for Build releases. Go to Place for official info about specific changes made in the builds
    Detailed Build numbers only: https://buildfeed.net/ (updated frequently as MS releases development builds)

  11. Christopher James Francis Rodgers says:


    To see your Windows operating system ‘Version’, and ‘Build’

    From any Windows ‘File Explorer’ window, navigatie to the folder ‘system32’ at:


    Double-click the file “winver.exe”.

  12. Jon says:

    A win 10 PC. Trying to reinstall as no password but need to know the win version. Home/Pro 32/64bit!?

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