Windows Version Numbers

A List of Windows Version Numbers & Major Windows Builds

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Each Microsoft Windows operating system has a familiar name, like Windows 10 or Windows Vista, but behind each common name is an actual Windows version number1.

Tip: You can determine your Windows version a number of ways if you want to check which build number you're currently running.

Windows Version Numbers

Below is a list of major Windows versions and their associated version numbers:

Operating SystemVersion DetailsVersion Number
Windows 10Windows 10 (1809)10.0.17763
Windows 10 (1803)10.0.17134
Windows 10 (1709)10.0.16299
Windows 10 (1703)10.0.15063
Windows 10 (1607)10.0.14393
Windows 10 (1511)10.0.10586
Windows 1010.0.10240
Windows 8Windows 8.1 (Update 1)6.3.9600
Windows 86.2.9200
Windows 7Windows 7 SP16.1.7601
Windows 76.1.7600
Windows VistaWindows Vista SP26.0.6002
Windows Vista SP16.0.6001
Windows Vista6.0.6000
Windows XPWindows XP25.1.26003

[1] More specific than a version number, at least in Windows, is a build number, often indicating exactly what major update or service pack has been applied to that Windows version. This is the last number shown in the version number column, like 7600 for Windows 7. Some sources note the build number in parenthesis, like 6.1 (7600).

[2] Windows XP Professional 64-bit had its own version number of 5.2. As far as we know, that's the only time Microsoft has designated a special version number for a specific edition and architecture-type of a Windows operating system.

[3] Service pack updates to Windows XP did update the build number but in a very minor and long-winded way. For example, Windows XP with SP3 and other small updates is listed as having a version number of 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp3_qfe.130704-0421 : Service Pack 3).

How to Update Windows

To update Windows to the newest build number, use Windows Update.

Using the built-in Windows Update utility is the easiest way to check for and install Windows updates.

If your version of Windows is not currently set up to install updates automatically, you can change the Windows Update settings so that new updates are downloaded and applied automatically. This is the simplest way to keep Windows updated to the latest version number.