Windows - Its NT versions and build numbers

6.Apr.2012 | by Gusac | Filed in: Articles

This post is to give a brief idea on NT version of each Windows edition. Though Microsoft started using names commercially for Windows, the version is still very relevant and has continued ever since Windows 1.0.

This is how you can understand the Windows version number and identify the which Windows is installed by looking at its version and build.

This is the format of Windows Version and build number: MajorVersion.MinorVersion.MajorBuild.MinorBuild

Here is the list of Windows build versions till date.

Windows NT Version Build
Server 8 beta 6.2 .8250
8 CTP 6.2 .8250
Server 2008 R2 6.1 .7600
Server 2008 R2 w/ SP1 6.1 .7601
7 RTM 6.1 .7600
7 w/ SP1 6.1 .7601
Server 2008 RTM 6.0 .6000
Server 2008 w/ SP1 6.0 .6001
Server 2008 w/ SP2 6.0 .6002
Vista RTM 6.0 .6000
Vista w/ SP1 6.0 .6001
Vista w/ SP2 6.0 .6002
Server 2003 R2 5.2 .3790
Server 2003 5.2 .3790
XP x64 5.2 .3790
XP 5.1 .2600
2000 5.0 .2195

 

How to check the version and build of your Windows?

Simply open the command prompt and type VER (and hit ENTER, ofcourse)

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Where does Windows store this information?

In Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

CurrentVersion

CurrentBuildNumber

ProductName

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