Windows 10 NT kernel gets bumped from 6.4 to 10 in recent internal builds

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Although Microsoft isn’t issuing out any more builds to Windows Insiders this year, the company is still compiling and issuing them to partners. New changes are cropping up in builds every day, and today a rather interesting change to the kernel version is apparent. Windows 10 started its development at NT version 6.4, but it seems Microsoft has bumped that number again, as the NT version now seems to be 10 in recent builds.

According to ITHome who claim to have access to build 9888 of Windows 10, winver and many other areas of the operating system which display the kernel version are displaying version 10 rather than 6.4. It looks like Microsoft has yet again bumped the NT kernel version, 6.4 was the beginning of Windows 10 development, 6.3 was Windows 8.1, 6.2 was Windows 8, 6.1 was Windows 7 and 6.0 was Windows Vista.

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WinBeta can confirm that this change is real and is apparent in the latest builds we’ve got access to. The jump to NT 10 is a big one, and hopefully this change in version number doesn’t break existing desktop applications. Ignore the dock and other things within the screenshot, they are third party applications and are not included with this build of Windows 10. What are your thoughts on this? Leave them in the comments below!