System Information Tools in Windows 8 | 7

You may occasionally need to know a little more about your machine…details about your hardware, software, etc. There are four ways you can get such info in Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, natively.

System Information Tools in Windows 8

1] Control Panel System Properties

For knowing just the basics, about your operating system and computer try the System Control Panel. You can open System Properties by simply pressing the Windows Logo+Break keys or by Right-clicking Computer and choose Properties.

2] Computer Management utility

If you need more information right-click on This PC or Computer and select Manage to open Computer Management Utility.

3] SystemInfo

To dig a little deeper Systeminfo.exe is a great tool ! Systeminfo.exe is a command-line utility that displays information about your Windows version, BIOS, processor, memory, network configuration, and so on.

4] System Information or MSInfo Utility or msinfo32.exe

And finally there is the System Information or MSInfo Utility or msinfo32.exe. It is truly a geek’s Paradise! You can use this tool to gather information about your computer, to diagnose issues with your computer, or to access other tools.

To start this one, Run > type msinfo32 > hit Enter.

System Information MSInfo Utility System Information Tools in Windows 8 | 7

The wealth of information you will be presented with, will be to say the least, overwhelming! Its always a good idea to preserve your configuration information. It can can turn out to be rather useful if you have problems. Comparing your machines current configuration with an earlier good configuration can help you locate the problem areas.

The System Information or MSInfo Utility or msinfo32.exe provides the following:

  • The version of Windows
  • OEM System Information (manufacturer, model, and type)
  • The type of central processing unit (CPU)
  • The amount of memory and system resources
  • BIOS version
  • Locale
  • Time zone
  • User name in the format DOMAINNAME\USERNAME (only present if the computer is configured to log into a domain)
  • Boot device (if multiple devices are present on the computer)
  • The path to the Page file
  • Hardware Resources category
  • And many more things!

You can save it as an .nfo file, which can be opened with System Information or simply as a text file.

You might just want to also check out our Windows Event Viewer Plus.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
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