What version, edition and type of Windows 10 do I have installed?
We know that Windows 10 is the last edition of Windows. That is easy but, each year, new versions of Windows 10 pop up. We had Windows 10 with Anniversary Update, April 2018 Update, October 2018 Update, and many other feature updates. What do all these names mean? And how do you find out exactly which version of Windows 10 you have, what edition, type and so on? Read this tutorial and find all the answers you seek:
The easy way to check what Windows 10 version you have
This method is fast, and it works the same no matter what version of Windows 10 you have: use the search box near the Start button, search for winver and click or tap the appropriate search result.
Or, press the Windows + R keys to bring up the Run window, type winver, and press Enter or click or tap OK.
This command opens the About Windows window, where you can see the version of Windows 10 that you have. For example, here is a PC with Windows 10 Pro and October 2018 Update.
And here is another one with Windows 10 Home and April 2018 Update.
Confusing, isn't it? Continue reading this tutorial to make sense of the version numbers that you see, the Windows 10 edition that you have and so on.
How to check the Windows 10 version, edition, and system type, from the Settings app
This method works in all version of Windows 10, but things look different, depending on the version of Windows 10 that you have. First, open the Settings app: click Start and then Settings. Then, go to System.
In the column on the left, go to the bottom and choose About. Now you get to see, on the right, information about your system. The amount of information you see differs depending on the Windows 10 Update that you have installed. On some, you need to scroll down a bit, to find the lines that interest you:
- System type - it tells you whether you use a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10
- Edition - it shares the edition of Windows 10 that you have
- Version - it shows you the version of Windows 10 that it is installed
These three lines of information are positioned differently, depending on the version of Windows 10 that you are using. For example, here is how the About section looks in the Windows 10 November Update from 2015. The three lines we mentioned exist here too but in a different position.
Now that you have some data about the Windows 10 version, edition and system type, let's make sense of it:
How to translate Windows 10 version numbers into feature updates
We will not have Windows 11, Windows 12 and so on, as we did in the past with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. However, Microsoft keeps updating Windows 10 and, alongside the traditional security patches and fixes, it also releases two major feature updates each year. These feature updates have a specific version, a marketing name (like Creators Update) and come with new features, new tools, significant changes, and so on. They are what Service Packs used to be in the era of Windows XP. As a result, Windows 10 has evolved a lot since it was first released in July 2015. If you know the version number, here is how it translates into feature updates:
- 1507 - The initial release of Windows 10, released in July 2015, codenamed Threshold 1.
- 1511 - The first significant update for Windows 10, released in November 2015, called November Update, and codenamed Threshold 2.
- 1607 - The second major update, also called the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. It was released a year after the initial release of Windows 10, in July 2016. Also, it was codenamed Redstone 1.
- 1703 - The third major update, also called Creators Update for Windows 10. It was released in April 2017 and codenamed Redstone 2.
- 1709 - The fourth major update, also called Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. It was released in October 2017 and codenamed Redstone 3.
- 1803 - The fifth major update is named April 2018 Update for Windows 10. It was codenamed Redstone 4, and it was released in April 2018.
- 1809 - The sixth major update for Windows 10 is named October 2018 Update for Windows 10. It was codenamed Redstone 5, and it was released in October 2018.
- A number higher than 1809 - The seventh major update for Windows 10 is codenamed 19H1. The update is expected to launch in April 2019. There is not much known about it at this point. Most probably, it is going to be named April 2019 Update for Windows 10.
What is the Windows 10 edition?
You can have one of the following editions of Windows 10 installed on your computer or device:
- Home - the most common edition of Windows 10. It is designed for home users and new devices that are sold in the retail space. It includes only consumer-oriented features, and it lacks business features like BitLocker encryption or virtualization.
- Pro - this version adds features for small business environments and power users. Also, it gives users the option to control how and when they can get Windows Updates.
- Enterprise - provides all the features of Windows 10 Pro, with additional features to assist network administrators and technology-oriented companies.
- Enterprise LTSC - the long-term servicing channel of Windows 10 Enterprise, which is released once every two or three years. It is supported with security updates for ten years after each version is released.
- Education - initially it had the same features as Windows 10 Enterprise, and it was designed for academic organizations. Since Fall Creators Update, its feature set has been lowered.
- Pro Education - a special edition of Windows 10 for the educational sector. It includes a "Set Up School PCs" app that allows provisioning of settings using a USB flash drive. It does not have Cortana, Windows Store suggestions or Windows Spotlight.
- Pro for Workstations - this edition is designed for high-end hardware, intensive computing tasks, and the latest server processors and file systems.
- S - a feature-limited mode of Windows 10, designed for retail and education. Its most important limitation is that you cannot install desktop apps unless they are distributed through the Windows Store. Also, Microsoft Edge is enforced as the default web browser with Bing as its search engine. Any Windows 10 edition can be run in S mode.
- IoT - this edition is designed for low-cost devices like Raspberry Pi and specialized machines, like robots, ATMs, POS terminals, barcode scanners and so on. To make things even more confusing, there are three editions of Windows 10 IoT: IoT Enterprise, IoT Mobile Enterprise, and IoT Core.
- Mobile - this edition of Windows 10 is designed for smartphones and small tablets. Unfortunately, Microsoft is no longer actively investing in it, and it is only kept on life support.
- Mobile Enterprise - provides all the features of Windows 10 Mobile and some features to assist network administrators and technology-oriented companies. This edition is also kept on life-support, with no active development and improvements.
What is the Windows 10 system type?
This information only tells you whether Windows 10 is using the 32-bit or 64-bit register of the processor. Modern processors are almost all 64-bit, and their advantage is that they can process a lot more data than 32-bit processors. In most cases, Windows 10 should be 64-bit, and that is a good thing.
What version of Windows 10 do you have?
Now you know how to see the version of Windows 10 that you have and translate it. Before closing this article, share with us your Windows 10 version. We are curious to know which are the most popular versions with our readers.