What Windows Do I Have? 5 Ways To Know Your Windows Version And OS Build?

Microsoft holds 36% market share with Windows. This is the second popular OS after Google’s Android — despite it’s a mobile platform. The share of Windows on the computer is massive, and MAC and Linux are far — very far.

Windows is the first choice for numerous reason, it’s free with most laptops. It can run on cheap machines and download it from the internet is very easy compared to MAC OS. That’s why most of the people get familiar with Windows. There is no such alternative for Windows, we have open-source Linux but that’s perceived as a rough replacement for Windows. MAC OS is beyond the reach of so many, and some doesn’t like too optimized operating system with an expensive price tag — not to mention games on MacOS sucks. Until now there was no tough competition for Windows, but Singh Google is working hard and Windows is facing competition — not overall but in the education sector.

So it doesn’t matter how long Windows has been existed yet many users wonder and ask what version of Windows I am running? Well if you think this question is dumb. Stop right there because knowing the exact version of Windows operating system is very crucial. The need for operating system version is important and many time it has been stated in games for you need to check the game compatibility by matching the version number. Some computer games only work on Windows 10 version 1703 and newer.

Facts: June 2018: Windows 10 version 1803 is the latest version. The build number gets updated over time, the most recent build number was 17134.112.

The old way — Check MY PC Properties

This works good and is the simple way to know which Windows is installed on your computer. You see My PC (My computer in old Windows) on your desktop, right click on it and clicking properties will tell basic information about your computer including the Windows, RAM, Processor model and whether it’s 64-bit Operating system.

Below is a screenshot of a computer running on Windows 10, i3 CPU.

What Windows Do I Have
What Windows Do I Have

And this is my computer running Windows 10, Intel i7–8550U.

What Windows Do I Have
What Windows Do I Have

Use Run dialog

Fire up the command prompt or press Windows key + R to open run dialogue. Now you can simply type “winver” and hit enter to know Windows 10 version.

  • Open run dialog by pressing Windows Key + R and type winver.
  • Open the command prompt and type winver.
  • Press Windows key and type winver and hit enter.
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About Windows / Screenshot

Use Command prompt

From command prompt.

About Windows / Screenshot

Check Windows version in the Settings app

On Windows 10 there are various places where you can check Windows 10 version and other details.

In order to check out extra information about the operating system and department, you should open the settings app. To open the settings that you can click restart button and then look up for setting or you can just press windows key + I. From the settings panel head to system > about. Here you can see all the information regarding your Windows 10, for example, you will get the version number, operating system build number and when it was installed.

About Windows in System app / Screenshot
What Windows OS version checking procedure

Over the time Windows 10 has many build number but the most recent question is build number is 17134 (it is called April 2018 update) and also known as Windows 10 version 1803.

Use the System Information app to find Windows version

Windows 10 does come with a default application Goes by the name system information where you can get all the information about your computer and these details and not simply as we have seen earlier in this article but you will find more information about your computer.

System Information / Screenshot
Windows version and build number

Click on the start menu and search for system information.

Is My Windows 64-bit? Is this good?

64-bit is currently the most used version. You can open your Local Disc and if there is a program file x86 folder that suggests you have a 64 bit Windows operating system and if not you have 32 bit.

Well if your computer only supports 32-bit operating system you cannot install the 64-bit operating system on it, same goes for 64 Bit computer unable to install the 32bit operating system. But you can run 32-bit operating system inside a virtual machine on a 64-bit host machine, and yes you cannot do the opposite.

Windows 10 latest version.

Microsoft provides a feature update twice in a year for the Windows 10, the recent update was April 2018 and the next update will be released mid-Q4 2018. The currently latest Windows 10 build version is 17134.112 (at the time of writing this article 12th of June 2018).

Is Windows 10 free?

Windows 10 is not free, however, if you got a laptop that came with Windows 10 you can upgrade, re-install Windows on the same computer because of the digital key it has. So if you bought a laptop with Windows 8 and moving to Windows 10 by upgrading or fresh install won’t affect your activation as long as you install the same Windows edition. For example, if your Windows 8 one single language you should install Windows 10 single language to retain the license key. There is no big difference in single language and pro version.

Those who have Windows 7, 8, 8.1 with a valid Licence key can simply update to Windows 10 for free.

How much is Windows 10’s price tag?

Unless you are living in the Woods the price Of Windows 10 home licence is about $119 single computer and Windows 10 Pro is about $199.

What about the updates?

When you install Windows 10 you will get all the updates for free regardless of whether it is activated or not. People who activate their Windows 10 illegally will also get future updates for free because Microsoft doesn’t want them to ban from their system. If you do not activate your Windows you will see a watermark in the right bottom side and you won’t be able to access some computer settings like changing wallpaper and all. The currently stable release for Windows 10 is readstone 4, also known as 1803

How to download Windows 10?

You will get the latest Updates installed on your computer. but if not check for the possible cause. Some common issues can be.

  1. You stopped automatic updates.
  2. You’re on a metered connection.

Also, download and install Windows 10 manually using the Media Creation Tool and create a bootable USB.

What Windows Do I Have? Do you still need help

Windows 10 isn’t perfect and there are glitches all over it. On the bright side, most of the issues being addressed make it a good operating system. I mean you get to do-over your Windows every 6 months, is not is amazing? If you have an older computer there are operating systems you can install for a faster experience.

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