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When you’re running Windows 10, whether with the Insider Preview program Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Windows Insiders are the first to test new Windows 10 builds. They are also the first to suffer from bugs. Here we show you how to join or leave the program and how to share... Read More or with a retail copy, it can be difficult to find out exactly which build version you’re actually running. It is possible, though. You just have to know where to look.

Why would you ever need to know? Mainly for troubleshooting. If you’re having an issue with a PC, knowing the active build number of Windows 10 could mean the difference between solving your issue and not.

As far as finding the build number, there are two common methods.

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The first one is quite simple. You just launch the Run box by typing Windows + R on your keyboard. Once the Run box opens, type winver and press Enter.

From there, a box will open showing you key information about your Windows 10 install. It will also show you the terms of use, but you can find the information you need in parenthesis after “Version 10.0”.

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If you don’t want to do it that way, there’s another way to get this same number (in my case, the build number is 10240, as you can see in the image above).

When you launch a command prompt 7 Quick Tips to Improve the Windows Command Prompt 7 Quick Tips to Improve the Windows Command Prompt You should learn more about the Command Prompt. It's a more valuable resource than most people realize. These tips will improve your command line experience, even if you're a seasoned user. Read More , the build number is listed right on the top of it before you start entering anything in. If you’re regularly in command prompt 15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know 15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know The command prompt is an antiquated tool from an era of text-based input. But some commands remain useful and Windows 8 even added new features. Find out which ones. Read More , you’ll be able to find this information right there whenever you need it.

Which version of Windows 10 are you running? Are you a member of the Insider Program? Do you hate Windows 10 altogether? Share your thoughts in the comments!

  1. hildyblog
    November 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Am I correct that after you've installed Threshold 2 the version will be reported as 1511 (2015, November) rather than 10.0?

  2. ringhalg
    November 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Another way is: Settings > System > About

    My build is 10586

    • Tom
      November 20, 2015 at 1:29 am

      Yes, Ring, I think THAT's the way Microsoft intended for people to see the build number. No gymnastics needed.

    • Adrian
      November 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      But on 10240 that doesn't work - it just shows "Windows 10 Pro" for me - no build number.

      I think the build number didn't get added to that screen until 10586.

  3. Colonel Angus
    November 19, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I'm actually about to buy a new Windows 10 laptop. I don't know which build number it will have, but soon after unboxing it will be running OpenSuse Leap.

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