There are many ways of finding the system information of a Windows PC. In the system information, we expect to see the details related to both the hardware components, software installed and the PC configuration. Looking at the system information is perhaps the first thing everyone does when purchasing a used computer. This is how you can tell whether the seller’s advertised PC configuration match those displayed by Windows.
We are listing here five most popular methods of finding the system information. Some of them are quicker but others are much more detailed. You can check them all and decide yourself which one is better.
Speccy is a system information tool developed by the same people who designed CCleaner. It is being offered in different editions. The classic edition which contains bare minimum features is free for personal use. There are other editions that offer many more advanced features.
When it is launched, it starts to scan your system and displays information about the operating system, CPU, RAM, motherboard, graphics, storage, optical drive and audio.
You can download Speccy from https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy.
HWiNFO is a system information tool that focuses on the hardware alone. It is not going to display any details about the operating system installed, hotfixes installed and various other third-party applications. However, it can show the Windows version and the edition for your PC.
HWiNFO is known for its ability to display the real-time data captured from various sensors. For example, you can see the real-time temperature of hard disk drive, CPU, or the GPU. It can display the fan rotation speeds for the cooling fans installed on your PC.
You can download HWiNFO from https://www.hwinfo.com/download/.
This is a key combination that has worked since the time of Windows XP and perhaps even before that. Basically, you have to press the Windows logo key on your PC, and then press the Pause key while keeping the Windows key pressed. It will immediately display the Windows System Information window. In the older versions of Windows, a specially designed place was chosen at random for all kinds of information.
Unlike Speccy or HWiNFO, the information displayed by this method is rather limited. It shows the basics like the Windows version installed, RAM, CPU, GPU etc.
Microsoft System Information is a tool that comes built-inside with all the modern versions of Windows. In order to launch this application, you open a Run dialog first using the hotkey Win+R. After this, you can type msinfo32 in the Run dialog followed by pressing the key.
With the help of MSInfo32 we can view all the information about a Windows system including the hardware, hardware components and the software information.
PowerShell can also be used to give system information to a degree. For finding the system information of a computer using a single PowerShell command we do not have to download anything. In order to find the system information, we can use this command: Get-ComputerInfo.
These are a few methods that we can use to find the system information and details from within the running operating system. There are many more third-applications developed to send the computer