How to Check Windows 10 Version and Build Number

When you want to install a new program on your specific Windows 10, it is important to know the Windows 10 version and build number. Once incompatible programs, for example, drivers, are install incorrectly, serious system problems will bother you all day long, like Hid-compliant mouse not working, 100% disk usage, ghost touch screen, etc.

If you are not sure whether your OS has been updated to the latest one, like Windows 10 Anniversary (version 1607), this post will provide you with a reference of how to check Windows 10 version and build number.

How to Check Your Windows 10 Version and Build Information

You can refer to the handy methods given below to find out the version and build number on Windows 10.

Method 1: Use Windows Shortcut Keys to Check Basic Windows 10 Information

This method may not show you the exact version and build number of Windows 10, but it will still go firstly, because you can check the basic Windows 10 information in only one step:

Press the Windows shortcut keys Win + PauseBreak.

This will open the System window of the Control Panel, from which you can view the basic information about your computer, like the Windows edition and the System type, except for the build number.


Method 2: Check Windows 10 Version and Build Number in the Settings

It is the easiest way to find out the information.

  1. Launch Start or use the shortcut keys Win + I to open the Settings.
  2. Select the first setting System.
  3. Scroll down to choose About tab from the left column.

Now you can clearly see the Windows 10 version, the Windows build number, the system type, etc. on the screen. Version 1607 indicates the current OS is Windows 10 Anniversary, released in the 7th month of 2016.

Method 3: Check Windows 10 Version and Build Number in Run

  1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R to launch the Run.
  2. Type winver into the dialog box.
  1. Hit the key Enter.

This will pop up the About Windows, from which you are able to check the Windows 10 version, build number and edition, but not the system type.

Method 4: Check Windows 10 Version Directly on the Desktop

If you’ve install drivers without digital signature in test mode on Windows 10, you will check the Windows 10 version watermark in the bottom right corner directly on the desktop, like this:


Note: After the Windows 10 Anniversary update, you will fail to manually install drivers without the signature, and if you install the drivers by disable the driver signature enforcement, you may have the Windows 10 version watermark all the time. For more solutions, see:

Fix: Driver Signature Issue on Windows 10 Anniversary

How to Check Unsigned Drivers on Windows 10

Top 2 Ways to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

How to Remove Test Mode Watermark in Windows 10

Method 5 Check Windows 10 Version in Command Prompt

When you press the shortcut keys Win + X and select Command Prompt, you will see the Windows 10 version directly. How easy it is!


In the Command Prompt, you know only the windows version, but if you paste the command line below to the dialog window, more details will appear.

systeminfo | findstr Build


Now you get it.

Method 6: Check Windows 10 Version and Build Number in Registry

If you check Windows 10 version and build number in registry, you will get most of the information you need.

  1. Launch the Run by using the shortcuts Win + R.
  2. Type regedit into the dialog box and press Enter.
  3. Follow the path to check the version:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion


That’s it!

Now you have six methods to check Windows 10 version and build number. But if you know more methods, share them by typing in the comment section below please. We would happy to see that.

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