How to check the Windows 10 version, OS build, edition, or type
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 have had Windows 10 with Anniversary Update, October 2018 Update, and many other feature updates. What do all these names mean? How do you check the Windows 10 version that you have? How do you know what edition of Windows 10 you use, what build or what type? Read this guide and find all the answers you seek:
What version of Windows 10 do I have? The quick method!
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, type winver and click or tap the winver search result.
Alternatively, press the Windows + R keys to bring up the Run window, type winver, and press Enter or click or tap OK.
This command opens About Windows, where you see your Windows 10 version followed by the OS Build, and the Windows 10 edition. For example, here is a PC with Windows 10 Pro and October 2018 Update.
Here is another one with Windows 10 Home and October 2018 Update.
Confusing! Continue reading this tutorial to make sense of the version numbers that you see, the OS Build, the Windows 10 edition that you have and so on.
How to check the Windows 10 version from the Settings app
This method works in all versions of Windows 10, but things look different, depending on the version of Windows 10 that you have. First, open the Settings app (the quickest way is to press Windows+I on the keyboard). In Windows Settings, go to System.
On the left, scroll the bottom and choose About. On the right, you see information about your system. The amount of information you see differs depending on the Windows 10 version 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
- OS Build - see the Windows 10 build number that you use
- Version - displays the version of Windows 10 that it is installed
These 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 lines we mentioned exist here too but in a different position.
Now that you have some data about the Windows 10 version, OS Build, edition, and system type, let's make sense of it:
How to translate Windows 10 version numbers into feature updates
We are not going to 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. It was also 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.
- 1903 - The seventh major update for Windows 10. It is named May 2019 Update for Windows 10, and its codename is 19H1. The "19" stands for the year in which the update is released, and the "H1" stands for the first update of that year. You can learn more about this codename change, here.
- A number higher than 1903 - The eighth major update for Windows 10 is codenamed 19H2. The update is expected to launch in October 2019. There is not much known about it at this point. Most probably, it is going to be named October 2019 Update for Windows 10.
Windows 10 editions. What is different between them?
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. One significant restriction is that Windows 10 Home users cannot delay Windows 10 updates like users of other editions do.
- 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, Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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. 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. Microsoft is expected to end Windows 10 Mobile updates and support in December 2019.
- Mobile Enterprise - provides all the features of Windows 10 Mobile and some features to assist network administrators and technology-oriented companies. Microsoft is expected to end updates and support in December 2019.
What is the Windows 10 OS build?
The OS Build number changes with the updates that you install while using Windows 10. To help you understand, let's take the following situation:
When Windows 10 October 2018 Update was released, it had the version number 1809, and the OS build with the value 17763.1. After the first update to Windows 10, the OS Build changed to 17763.55, while the version number remained the same. After the most recent update to Windows 10 (made by us in March 2019), the build number has become 17763.379.
The OS build number changes with each update made by Microsoft to Windows 10. This information is useful for troubleshooting purposes. For example, when you encounter a bug, and you talk to a tech support engineer from Microsoft, or your company, sharing the OS Build is critical information to understanding the exact version of Windows 10 that you use, and what updates are necessary to fix the problem that you have. You can learn more about the evolution of Windows 10 build numbers, in this Windows 10 release information.
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 tend to be 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 Windows 10 versions, and editions, with our readers.