Windows 10 build numbers are now very important. Previously Microsoft has always used build numbers, as they represented significant updates to Windows. You may know Windows as Windows Vista, 7,8 etc which also included service packs i.e. Windows 7 Service Pack 1. With Windows 10, this has changed.
Microsoft claim there will be no more versions (and service packs) of Windows, so Windows 10 is what it will be known as for the foreseeable. They are now only releasing two major builds per year. So, how do you find out what build version of Windows 10 you have? This can be found in the Settings App with either of the following options:
- Hit Windows+I to open Settings > then go to > System > About (scroll down). You will see the Edition, Version, OS Build and System Type.
- You can also use the Winver Dialog tool – From Start, type “winver” press Enter into the Run dialog. Note: This version does not show whether you are using a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10. Personally, I prefer option 1.
Useful tip: The version number is in the form YYMM – so if your Windows 10 version number is 1607 this means the 7th month of 2016.
For more information on Windows 10 release information and to check you have received the latest updates from Microsoft, I suggest you visit this web page: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/en-gb/windows/release-info
Microsoft recommend that you use their current branch, version 1607, OS build 14393.693. [Up to date as of 14th Feb 2017]