Keeping a Windows 10 device fully up-to-date is something that’s not as easy as it may sound, especially because allowing the Windows Update plan to take care of everything doesn’t always work as expected.
Which is mostly because some of the cumulative updates released by Microsoft sometimes fail to install or keep being re-offered regardless of the update process seemingly completing successfully.
Checking the OS build number is the easiest way to determine if the update installed correctly or not, but at the same time, additionally, it may help in other cases, such as when trying to figure out if a specific application is compatible with your device or otherwise.
There are several ways to find the OS build number in Windows 10, plus some involve embracing the Command Prompt.
And while cmd is often a tool that beginners attempt to stay away of, the commands that you need to use with this task are relatively easy, so you won’t necessarily be a full-time hacker should you try them.
First of all, the quickest way to tell the OS build number is click on the Start menu and type:
Windows 10 should now turn on the About Windows screen, and also the information you have an interest may be the following:
Version xxxx (OS Build xxxxx.xxx)
Simultaneously, you should use the Settings app in Windows 10 to discover the version number. To get this done, follow this path:
Windows 10 > Settings > System > About > Windows specifications
Again, the fields that you are thinking about are these four below:
The third method is dependant on, as said earlier, Command Prompt. So first of, click the Start menu and type the following code to run Command Prompt:
The standard approach to get the OS build number is this:
This command should display something similar to this (I’ll use my very own version number for example):
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17763.615]
The written text in bold is the OS build quantity of your device.
But at the same time, there’s also more complicated commands that can offer you more details about the Windows version you’re running and the OS build number. The first one is thisThis specific command should display the name of the Windows version, with my case Microsoft Windows 10 Pro and also the OS version.
The WMIC command will also help you retrieve info on the Windows version, only that in this case, you’re only to begin to see the Windows edition you’re running, without any details on the OS build number. The command is the following:
wmic os get Caption,CSDVersion /value
If you want to get much more info on your Windows 10 installation, including not just the OS build number, but also the cumulative updates placed on the device, amongst others, the command that you can use is the following:
All of the commands here work not just on all Windows 10 versions released so far (Windows 10 1903 and also the upcoming 20H1 update included) but additionally on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. However, the output will obviously differ on older Windows versions, and on Windows 7, for instance, you should also begin to see the Service Pack that you simply placed on the unit.
Needless to say, there are lots of software solutions out there that may show you the OS build number around the device, but all the methods detailed here do not require any third-party app.