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Get OS Version using PowerShell

To get the operating system version using PowerShell, use the win32_operatingsystem class of the Get-WMIObject WMI object. It has a Version property that gets the Windows OS version.

  1. Click on Window Start
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click on the app and select Run as Administrator.
  3. Type the following command to get the OS version using PowerShell and press Enter: (Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select Version

In this article, we will discuss how to get the windows OS version and other OS details like name, build number, OSArchitecture, OSLanguage, etc…

Get Windows OS Version using PowerShell

Use the win32_operatingsystem class of the WMI object to get the window OS version using PowerShell. It uses the Version property to get the OS version.

(Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select Version

The above PowerShell script returns the windows operating system version. The above command can work on Windows 10, and Windows Server to get their OS version.

The output of the above PowerShell script returns the Windows 10 OS version which is 10.0.18363.

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Get Window 10 OS Version

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Get Operating System Name

Use the win32_operatingsystem class of the WMI object to get the window OS name using PowerShell. It uses the Name property to get os name.

PS C:\> (Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select Name  

The output of the above PowerShell script returns the Windows 10 OS name.

PS C:\> (Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select Name                                                               
Name
----
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise|C:\WINDOWS|\Device\Harddisk0\Partition3


PS C:\>    

Check OS is 32-bit or 64 bit

Use OSArchitecture property of the class win32_operatingsystem of WMI object to check if OS is 32-bit or 64-bit.

(Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select OSArchitecture

The Output of the above PowerShell script returns the OSArchitecture as 64-bit windows OS as given below:

PS C:\> (Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select OSArchitecture                                                     
OSArchitecture
--------------
64-bit

Get Operating System Build Number

Use BuildNUmber property of the class win32_operatingsystem of WMI object to get the operating system build number.

(Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select BuildNumber     

The output of the above PowerShell script gets the OS build number as given below:

PS C:\> (Get-WMIObject win32_operatingsystem) | Select BuildNumber                                                        
BuildNumber
-----------
18363

Conclusion

I hope the above article helped you to get operating system details like OS version, OS name, Build Number, etc… using PowerShell.

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