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How to see the version of Windows 10

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How to see the version of Windows 10: A friend of yours asked you which version of Windows 10 is installed on your computer but you didn’t know how to answer it because you don’t know how to verify this information? I understand, however, don’t worry: if you want, I can help you. 

If you spend a few minutes of your free time, I can in fact explain to you, in a simple but not for this little detailed way, how to see the version of Windows 10 installed on your computer. Together we will therefore find out the exact version of the operating system on your PC, also knowing the exact build, edition and type of architecture. In short, in the end you should have quite clear ideas about it. 

I already anticipate that the operation is feasible in several ways, but nothing complex or out of your reach. In fact, although on the surface it may seem a little “articulated”, I assure you that in reality the steps to be taken are extremely simple. Now, however, just chat and let’s move on. I wish you a good read and, as I usually do, I give you a huge good luck for everything!

Preliminary information

Photo showing a series of PCs with Windows 10

Before getting to the heart of the matter, going to explain what are the steps to be done to be able to see the version of Windows 10 in use on your computer, it seems right to make some clarifications in this regard.

Firstly, it is important to point out that when it comes to the version of Windows, what we are referring to is the  release  of the operating system installed on the computer. This is identified by a numerical set and essentially indicates the latest OS update that was installed on the PC.

When you view information about the release of Windows installed on your computer, the build is also indicated , which is a number that allows you to identify which updates and which new features are included in the same version of Windows.

Release and build apart, sometimes the term “version” is used improperly also in reference to the Windows edition . In this regard, you must know that Windows operating systems (therefore not only the most recent Windows 10) are marketed in various editions, in order to try to best meet the needs of the various types of users.

In the specific case of Windows 10, the OS is currently distributed in Home , Pro and Enterprise versions . The first is intended for personal and domestic use and is designed to perform basic IT activities, the second is intended for professional use, while the third is designed for business use.

To know the exact differences between the Home and Pro version of Windows 10, I recommend you refer to this specific web page available on the Microsoft website, while to find the differences between Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise consult this other page .

Another improper use that is made of the term “version” in relation to Windows 10 (and not only) and when referring to the architecture of the operating system, which can be 32-bit or 64-bit .

In this regard, if you don’t know, I point out that the number of bits indicates the type of processor with which the PC is equipped, which determines the amount of data that the machine is able to process, the speed of information processing and the maximum supported memory capacity. In order to optimize computer performance, the number of bits of the operating system installed on the computer must match those of the processor (to date, however, most processors and systems are 64-bit).

How to see the version of Windows 10 installed

Without the due clarifications above, I would say that we can finally get to the heart of the topic and find out, in concrete terms, what are the steps that must be taken to be able to see the version of Windows 10 present on your PC.

As I said at the beginning of the post, it is possible in several ways: from the System Settings , using the Run window , through the Command Prompt , through File Explorer or through the Control Panel . The choice is yours! Find all the systems in question indicated and explained below.

From the Settings

Windows 10 settings

The first, and easiest, system you have on your own to find out which version of Windows 10 you are using, consists in going to act from the PC Settings .

So, click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) located at the bottom left of the taskbar and select the gear wheel icon located on the left side of the menu that appears, so such as to access the Settings section of Windows 10.

In the window that opens, click on the System icon , then select the wording System information in the left sidebar and, on the right, you can finally view the information of your interest, next to the Version item located in the Specifications section Windows (below).

Also in the same section, you will also find the exact edition of Windows 10 you are using ( Edition ), the build ( Build operating system ) and the installation date ( Installation date ).

In correspondence with the Device Specifications section , located above, you can instead find out if the system you are using is 32 or 64 bit, by taking a look at the information shown next to the System type item .

In addition to as I just indicated, I point out that you can quickly access the Windows 10 Settings window with information on the version of the system in use by typing Information on the PC  in the search field located in the bottom left part of the taskbar and selecting the result at the top of those displayed.

From Run

Run window on Windows 10

Another system, quite practical and immediate, to be able to see the version of Windows 10 in use on the PC, consists in typing a special command in the Run window .

To be precise, what you need to do in this case is to use the combination of Win + R keys on the computer keyboard to call up the Run window, after which you must type the winver command in the appropriate field, next to the Open item , and click on the OK button (or press the Enter key on the keyboard).

Once this is done, you will see a window appear on the desktop indicating the version number of Windows you are using, the build number and also the edition. When you no longer need it, you can close the window in question by clicking the OK button .

From the Command Prompt

Windows 10 command prompt

You can also know the version of Windows 10 that you are using via the command line, that is, using the Command Prompt . You ask me how to do it? I’ll explain it to you immediately.

First, open the Command Prompt on your computer by typing in the search field located at the bottom left of the taskbar the term prompt and selecting the first search result that is shown to you in the menu that opens. Alternatively, you can open the Command Prompt by typing the cmd command in the search field of the Start menu and pressing Enter .

Now that you see the Command Prompt window on your desktop, type the term  systeminfo and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Wait a few moments, so that all the information relating to your PC is loaded, and you can finally view all the details of your interest.

To be precise, under the OS version item  , you will find the number of the version of Windows 10 you are using and the build number, while next to the wording OS name you will find the edition of the operating system in use. Next to the wording System type , however, you will be specified if the one you are using is a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

From File Explorer

Windows 10 File Explorer

You can find out which version of Windows 10 you are using on your computer or, better to say, which edition and which system architecture you are also using from File Explorer . How you do it? I’ll explain it right away, it’s a breeze.

To begin with, click on the yellow folder icon on the taskbar to open the File Explorer. Once the file manager window appears, find the wording This PC in the left sidebar, right click on it and select the Properties item from the context menu.

In the further window that will open on the screen at this point, you will find the information you need. To be precise, the edition of Windows 10 used will be indicated in the Windows Edition section located at the top, while in the System section , next to the System type item , you will find the architecture in use (32-bit or 64-bit).

From the Control Panel

Windows 10 control panel

Another method you have on your own to find out the edition and architecture of the version of Windows 10 in use on your PC is to take advantage of the Control Panel .

First, then click on the search field located on the taskbar (bottom left), type the term Control Panel and select the first suggestion among those present in the menu that opens.

In the window that at this point will be shown on the screen, click on the item System and security and, subsequently, on that Display the name of the computer or directly on that System (depending on the type of display set in the appropriate menu at the top right) . In the further window that will later open, you can finally view the information you need.

To be precise, in the Edition section , you will find indicates the edition of Windows in use, while in the System type item , in the System section , you will be specified the type of architecture of the OS, therefore if the copy of Windows 10 you are using is 32 bit or 64 bit. Easy, right?