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How to check what Windows 10 build you are on in two easy steps

Many users of Windows 10 have a solid idea of which build they are on. In fact, most consumers likely do not know, and that is an OK thing. Windows 10 should be transparent, and users should not have to know the exact build of the OS they are running.

Windows Insiders, however, are a different breed. You, folks, like to keep tabs on every release and sometimes, just sometimes, you may have forgotten which build you are on. Alternatively, sometimes things update but you do not know what changed.

Luckily, you can discover which build you are for Windows 10 in two easy steps. Let's go!

Check Windows 10 Build Version

1. Win + R

Open up the run command with the Win + R key combo

2. Launch winver

Simply type in winver into the run command text box and hit OK

That is it. You should now see a dialog screen revealing the OS build and registration information.

Another way instead of using Win + R is to (1) type in winver into the Cortana search box and (2) select the first surfaced result.

Note, if you are a Windows 10 Insider, you will likely have an expiration date for the build. No need to fret over this as you can always stop getting insider builds and your OS will revert to a non-expiring edition. In theory, Microsoft is going to keep updating Windows 10 through the Insider Program and this date will continually get pushed back.

How Insiders can stop receiving new builds after Windows 10 launches

Also, as an interesting observation, I noticed my OS shows Windows 8 at the top. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul notes that this is just a bug and most users will see Windows 10 or even just Windows at the top.

Finally, I am sure many of you have noticed the return of the 'test mode' watermark on the 10525 desktop. For Insiders, this is also the easiest way to check your build number ;)

Anyway, hopefully, you now know how to quickly check your build number!

More Info

For more basic info on Windows 10, including some tips and our vast array of how-to articles, make sure you head to our main Windows 10 help page or jump into our forums!

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

39 Comments
  • Wallpaper link plz, awesome ninja cat wallpaper with the windows logo shining like the moon.
  • You welcome
  • sorry, but i don't see that one in there   i thought the same. that wallpaper ist just dope. i want it hard
  • I don't see it either... I'm searching for this one
  • Thanks
  • I really appreciate these "how to" articles for Windows 10.
  • Daniel you should post a link for your wallpaper images, since most of the time people wants it.
  • Agreed.
  • and i would also like a clean one without the ninja cat
  • I'm making my own...
  • share pls :)
  •   Check out this thread. I shared a couple, including this one with the ninja cat removed. http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-10/373775-share-your-windows-10...
  • The return of the watermark is irritating and needless. I'm an insider not a pirate. Can I please not see the damn thing. Also you can just type winver in search/Cortana and get to the same place. Just saying. Like the know-how though. Thanks
  • What does the watermark have to do with being a pirate LOL
  • I see your new to the knowledge of computers and/or the dark sides of the internet called piracy XD
  • The watermark is there for a number of reasons, one of them is so that OEM's and the like can't try and sell it as a new windows version. Yea, they can move it, but they already have this way coded, and its been this way since as long as I've been following windows development, why bother wasting time and effort on something so trivial? If sometihng this small bothers you so much, then honestly, you have no buisness being on a preview OS.
  • It's to clearly emphasize that it is pre-release software. This is very important branding for software MS releases explicitly for testing purposes, which is what insiders are doing.
  • I just don't see why it needs to be there. I don't like how it looks and want it gone. They could just show this in the settings where you can also see you are an insider and ring speed. And yes I know I can just stay in rtm so there is that.
  • I do it by the dxdiag command in run all the time... :)
  • I've been using msinfo via search to get build number (it's on the first screen in msinfo). These options are much more "user" friendly though - nice tips :)
  • Crying over the watermark. smdh. You can chose to stop being an insider and your watermark troubles will be a thing of the past.
  • Shit, I'm still in build 10074. I have tried to update with no results.
  • I couldn't get past 10166.  Talked to Microsoft, and they told me to fo back to 7 and reupdate.  A lot of hassle, but it worked.
  • I updated a laptop from 10074 to 10240 by creating a USB stick via the official Windows 10 download tool. Use this and it should upgrade fine
  • The Skype icon on the tray looks SHIT! This has been there forever since Windows 8! Somebody at Microsoft fix it and use a hi-res white Skype icon. come on Skype team!
  • "The Skype Icon on tray looks SHIT". I think that is to remind them that Skype is currently broken on Windows Mobile (Ask small tablet users who have to use the desktop version).    
  • Except Windows RT users (how ever many there still are) - Apparently they get to keep using the Windows 8 app whilst everybody else lost access to it
  • my winver on 10525 doesn't say Windows 8, just Windows
  • Wall paper link please :-)
  • I love those wallpapers, can I get them??
  • Wallpaper link plz :)
  • Wallpaper, please...
  • Wallpapers please
  • If anyone needs the wallpaper: Here you go: https://i.imgur.com/UVCJzBP.jpg
  • THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS   
  • DXDIAG also show this kind of info
  • start>run>cmd>ver>enter
  • Zeinf thank you very much :)
  • Build number holds microsoft windows features release details so getting build and version is very simple Just follow this video. https://youtu.be/LirEJM-ksiU .