What Version Of Sql Server Do I Have

SQL Programming

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What version of SQL Server do I have?” I certainly have! As a tech enthusiast, I understand the importance of knowing the exact version of the software I’m working with. Let’s dive into the details of how you can identify the version of SQL Server on your system.

Using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

If you have SQL Server Management Studio installed, you’re in luck! Launch SSMS and connect to your SQL Server instance. Once connected, simply execute the following query:


This query will return valuable information about the SQL Server version, including the edition, build number, and more.

Querying the Registry

For those comfortable with delving into the Windows Registry, you can also find SQL Server version details there. Simply navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\{InstanceName}\Setup

Within the Setup key, look for the String Value named “PatchLevel” which will provide the version information you seek.

PowerShell to the Rescue

If you’re a fan of PowerShell, you can use it to retrieve the SQL Server version details as well. Utilize the following command:

Get-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Setup' | Select-Object Edition, PatchLevel, Version

This will fetch and display the SQL Server edition, patch level, and version information directly within your PowerShell window.


So, there you have it – multiple methods to identify the version of SQL Server you are working with. Whether you prefer the simplicity of SQL Server Management Studio, the depth of the Windows Registry, or the versatility of PowerShell, you now have the tools to satisfy your curiosity about SQL Server versions.