How to Check Windows 11 Version


With Windows 11 still being in its early stages, users are going to run into bugs and problems with the operating system. When this happens, an important part of troubleshooting the issue is to know what edition, version and specific build of Windows 11 that you’re using. Thankfully, Microsoft makes it easy to get this information quickly. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Check Your Windows 11 Build Version

  1. Navigate to your Windows 11 home screen, and then press the “Windows” and “I” keys at the same time. The Windows Settings screen will be displayed.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of this list of options, and then click “About.” The About screen is shown.
  3. Scroll down to the Windows Specifications section, where you’ll see what edition of Windows 11 you’re using, the version, what date that version was installed on, and the specific build of the operating system you’re using.

Reasons to Check What Version of Windows 11 You’re Using

1. Compatibility with software and hardware

When you check the version of Windows 11, you ensure that your device is compatible with specific software and hardware. This is important because compatibility issues can lead to software crashes or hardware failure. To avoid these problems, check your Windows 11 version and make sure it meets the minimum requirements for the software and hardware you want to use.

2. Upgrade eligibility

Knowing the version of Windows 11 on your device helps determine if you are eligible for an upgrade to the latest version. Microsoft regularly releases updates to Windows 11, and these updates bring new features and improvements. By checking your version, you can take advantage of the latest features and ensure your device is running smoothly.

3. Features

Different versions of Windows 11 come with different features. Checking your Windows 11 version helps you understand what features are available on your device. This information helps you make the most of your device and ensures you are using it to its full potential.

4. Support

Microsoft provides support for specific versions of Windows 11. By checking your Windows 11 version, you can determine if your device is still covered by support. This is important because support provides access to technical assistance, security updates, and bug fixes.

5. Security

Newer versions of Windows 11 contain security updates and patches to protect your device from security threats. Checking your Windows 11 version helps you determine if your device is up-to-date with these security measures. By keeping your device secure, you protect your data and personal information.

6. Troubleshooting

If a problem occurs with your device, checking the Windows 11 version can help determine if it is a known issue and what solutions are available. This information can save time and reduce frustration during the troubleshooting process. Keep your Windows 11 version up-to-date to ensure that you have access to the latest troubleshooting resources.

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