By Delia / Last update March 22, 2022

You don't have to check the version or build number on your Windows computer very often, as it basically doesn't affect your daily operations, but information about the version of your Windows operating system may come in handy when you need to get the right apps and updates, or find a solution to a specific problem.

Note that although Windows 11 is scheduled to release only one major Version per year, Microsoft releases minor builds quite frequently, so in addition to "Version" you may also need to be informed of the "OS Build" of your computer.

As with previous operating systems, Windows 11 provides a number of different ways to find out what version you are running, which are basically the same as in Windows 10.

windows 11

Way 1. View Windows 11 version information in Settings app

1. Go to the Windows 11 desktop and open the Settings app from the Start menu, or just use the Win + I shortcut.

2. Then you should come to System Settings, scroll down to find and select "About" section.

system about

3. In the About screen, expand "Windows specifications" and you can see the "Version" and "OS build" information.

windows specifications

Way 2. Get Windows 11 version information via Run dialog box

Press Win + R to call out the Run window

Type "winver" in the text box and press Enter to see the current system version details.

winver about windows

Alternatively, you can type "msinfo32" and press Enter to open the System Information window, where you can see more information about the system, including the version.

msinfo32 system information

Way 3. Get Windows 11 version via Command Prompt

In addition to the above two methods, you can also use the Windows Command Prompt to view your PC specifications.

1. Search for "cmd" in the Start menu and then run Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. The version number of your current PC should appear by default at the top of the pop-up window.

3. You can also get the internal version number by typing the following command and pressing Enter.

wmic os get BuildNumber

cmd get build number

Or use the following command to get the Build number, OS architecture and caption for Windows 11.

wmic os get Caption, Version, BuildNumber, OSArchitecture