Find windows OS version from command line

by admin on January 29, 2009

Windows has command line utilities that show us the version of the Windows OS we are using including the service pack number.

If you just want to find the OS name, you can use ver command. Just open command window and execute ver command. But note that this does not show service pack version.

C:\>ver
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
C:\>

As you can see above, ver command just tells you the OS name but not the service pack number you are using. We can find service pack number as well as the OS name using Systeminfo command. But Systeminfo dumps lot of other information also. So we need to use findstr command to filter out unwanted information.

systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"

Examples:

C:\>systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Version:                5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600

This command works on XP, Vista and Windows 7 and on Server editions also. Find below example for Win7.

systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
OS Version:                6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600

In case of Windows 7 SP1, the output would be slightly different as below.

c:\>systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
OS Version:                6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

If you want to print more details, then you can use just ‘OS’ in the findstr search pattern. See example below for Server 2008.

C:\>systeminfo | findstr /C:"OS"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
OS Version:                6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Server
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
BIOS Version:              IBM -[BWE117AUS-1.05]-, 7/28/2005

Using WMI:

The below wmi command gives the OS and the service pack version.

wmic os get Caption,CSDVersion /value

Example on Win7:

c:\>wmic os get Caption,CSDVersion /value
Caption=Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
CSDVersion=Service Pack 1

Also Read:
Windows CMD commands reference

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Suchitra February 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

How to find windows edition ?

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pradip November 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

type systeminfo in cmd

Techblogger February 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Execute 'Winver' from command prompt or from Run window. It will show you the windows version.

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Monk April 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

The "systeminfo" command gives the edition info under the headings "OS Name:" and "OS Version:" as well as a lot of other information all in the console. You can parse it with "findstr" if you need only the edition info:

systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I was looking for this…I had to write a script which runs on different windows editions and I need to capture the os name..this post helped me..thank you..

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Anonymous October 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Very helpful if I want to do a remote command without GUI. Thanks a ton!

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Techblogger October 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for the comments. Glad that this post helped you..

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Amit November 19, 2010 at 2:20 am

Thanks friend for the tip..I need to find os version from windows dos and this has helped me..

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Anonymous November 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Thank you a lot!

I realy needed this tip.

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 6:59 am

Thanks much! for sharing the info!

–Sannidhi–

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Raj May 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm

How can I script this for multiple servers and save the output in csv format?

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Techblogger June 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

Run the below command on each of the servers.

wmic os get buildnumber,caption,CSDVersion /format:csv 

On my xp system it prints the following data.

Node,BuildNumber,Caption,CSDVersion
techblogger-pc,2600,Microsoft Windows XP Professional,Service Pack 2

You can use psexec.exe or rsh tool to run this command remotely on the servers.

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Anonymous June 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

How to find the bit size?

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*Santhosh* January 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

you can this command
c:/>wmic os get osarchitecture

Techblogger June 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

systeminfo | findstr /C:"System type" would give you the processor architecture. From this you can derive if it's 32 or 64 bit. You can also use wmic cpu command to get processor info.

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Anonymous July 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

How to get the OS name and version for a list of servers ?

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Techblogger July 15, 2011 at 8:16 am

Run the command mentioned in the post on each of the servers using psexec or rsh. I will soon add a post on psexec.

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Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 7:49 am
WMIC /node:RemoteComputerName os get buildnumber,caption,CSDVersion /format:csv 

The above can be used to retrieve information from a remote computer

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Jackie October 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

Thank you for posting.

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Lucas November 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I need to find the image version of a windows 7 installation. What command do I use to find out?

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admin November 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

If I have understood correctly, you have different images of Win7 and you want to find out which image you have installed on the computer? AFAIK, windows can’t do that.
I can think of a workaround for this. You can add custom reg key and set the image version number in that and then create the image. And on the installed computer, you can do reg query from command line.

Tim Kessler December 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

The quotes are incorrect ASCII characters (MS Office quotes).

Use this version instead:

systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"

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admin December 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’ve fixed the issue in the post. Copy pasting the command would work fine now. Thank you for pointing that out.

Mohd Danish March 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Very helpful, Thanks admin.

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fred July 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

No support for systeminfo within xp home

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admin July 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

You can use registry keys in that case. check this out.
Windows version in registry key

Jordan February 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

Thanks thats really useful, handy when your talking to customers and trying to get that info. also useful when you are providing remote assistance, and need to know. I took what you had, and added a few lines, incase anyone will find it useful:

<>

echo ****************************************
echo YOUR PC’S MAKE AND MODEL
echo ****************************************
echo.
wmic computersystem get manufacturer
wmic csproduct get Name
wmic os get caption
wmic computersystem get systemtype
wmic bios get serialnumber
echo.
echo ****************************************
echo.
ECHO TAKE NOTE OF THE ABOVE INFO.
Echo.
Pause

<>

When Run, this displays the following info:

****************************************
MY PC’S MAKE AND MODEL
****************************************

Manufacturer
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

Name
300E4C/300E5C/300E7C

Caption
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

SystemType
x64-based PC

SerialNumber
HY8E91QC800275

****************************************

TAKE NOTE OF THE ABOVE INFO.

Press any key to continue . . .

HOPE THIS IS USEFUL FOR PEOPLE.

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Kelly March 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

How can I get the serial number from a Windows Server 2000 device. wmic bios get serialnumber does not work on this windows version. PLEASE HELP

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J0545 April 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

anybody know how can do that but in vbscript or .vbs file

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London May 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

strComputer = “localhost”
Set objWMIService = GetObject(“winmgmts:” _
& “{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\” _
& strComputer & “\root\cimv2″)
Set colOSes = objWMIService.ExecQuery(“Select * from Win32_OperatingSystem”)
For Each objOS in colOSes
Wscript.Echo “Version: ” & objOS.Version ‘Version & build
Wscript.Echo “OS Type: ” & objOS.OSType
Next

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Vikas Thakor October 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

just type “winver” command in run and
you will get windows version information on GUI.

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sadakar December 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

Nice post… thank you..
Checked when installing mango db ..

wmic command is not working …. any idea on the same ? What could be the probable solution to make work of wmic command ?

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radhika September 19, 2014 at 6:27 am

checked a few sites.. but found the exact answer..thx..

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