I'm reporting a software error with the platform information which is provided in in Winver.exe.

But I can't highlight the text and copy it (this is in Windows XP SP2).

Is there a registry key or somewhere else I can grab the build info?
I've tried PsInfo from Sysinternals but it doesn't provide all the build and sp info.

2 Answers 2


If you just want the OS info, you can run all sorts of commands from the command line: WMIC has many :

WMIC OS Get Name


Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise |C:\Windows|\Device\Harddisk0\Partition2

You can also use

wmic OS get /? 

to get all your choices for that WMIC class.

systeminfo | Findstr /i "OS"

Will get you:

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601 OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation OS Configuration: Member Workstation OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free BIOS Version: Dell Inc. A08, 10/18/2011 [04]: Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

You can then either pipe this to text, or copy from the command line as I did above.

Another attempt to get the what appears to be service pack information:


wmic os get * /value > C:\WMICOS.txt

the search that file for the string you want.

  • All of these provide some of the info, but not all. In XP there is a specific term after the build# ending in _rtm.040803-2158 that is not in any of the above. Thanks for the info, though, learnt something new.
    – MandoMando
    May 3, 2013 at 16:17
  • @MandoMando added another suggestion to the end May 3, 2013 at 16:42
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    @MandoMando: The build number's what's really important. The build date and time (i.e. August 3, 2004 @ 9:58PM) should be same for all copies of the SP2 RTM release, so unless you have some sort of leaked release there's no point bothering too much about it.
    – Karan
    May 4, 2013 at 22:17

A handy but ill-documented feature in most versions of Windows is that pressing Ctrl-c while the focus is on a dialog will copy the text in the dialog. I'm not sure whether it works with the dialog produced by winver.exe, but I would be surprised if it didn't; try hitting Ctrl-c in that dialog and then Ctrl-v in a Notepad window, and see what you get.

UPDATE Color me surprised; it doesn't work. Good job, Microsoft!

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    Lol and winver executed from the command line logs nothing but opens a gui dialog..... Now why oh why dear MS would we be executing the command from the command line if we didn't want the output to go there as well? Jul 26, 2016 at 14:44

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