We explain how you can easily find out which version of Windows is actually being used on your PC.
Which Windows 10 version do I actually use? How to find out
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Windows 10 Version 1909, 2004, 20H1 …. the number of Windows 10 variants is increasing and many users are likely to ask themselves the question: Which Windows version am I actually using? It’s actually very easy, although, as is so often the case in Windows, different paths lead to the goal.
Option 1: Via the settings
Call up the Windows settings via the start menu – it is even faster and more elegant with the Windows key + I. Here you switch to “System” and then “Info”.
Under “Windows specifications”, Windows 10 shows the installed Windows 10 variant (Home or Pro) under Edition, with the version and the operating system build directly below it. The latter sequence of digits, such as 19041.928, is interesting if you have installed the cumulative updates via Windows Update that appear regularly, such as these collective updates for Patch Day in April 2021.
In the info settings, Windows 10 shows all information about the Windows 10 version used
With these collective updates, the build number of the operating system increases regularly – every month, sometimes more often. We always include the new build number in our reports on these cumulative updates.
The version number of Windows 10, on the other hand, only changes twice a year: When Microsoft publishes the spring and autumn updates for the operating system.
It is also worth taking a look at the device specifications: Here Windows 10 shows under “System type” whether the 32- or 64-bit version is installed. So something like “64-bit operating system, x64-based processor”.
If you want to switch from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro and you already have a suitable product key for Windows 10 Pro (buy cheap here in the PC-WELT price comparison), you can do this by clicking on “Change product key or update Windows edition” enter.
The Windows tool winver shows all Windows 10 version information compactly
Option 2: Winver
If you want to get the information presented faster and in a more spartan way, just enter in addition to the search input field or after Windows key + R
a. Windows 10 then shows a window on the desktop, from which all important information about the Windows 10 version used can be found. So: version, build number and for whom the operating system is licensed.
Windows 7, 8: Determine the version
Under Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 you can also call the winver tool after pressing Windows key + R to display the Windows version.
Alternative: Under Windows 7, enter “Computer” in the start menu and then click with the right mouse button on the entry found and then on “Properties” in the context menu. But actually you shouldn’t use Windows 7 any more, because support for this operating system ended on January 14, 2020 …
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This is how it works: Find out the Windows version on the installation medium