It is always good to have an idea of what kind of hardware is installed in your computer and more at the time you need to do some type of upgrade, which in most cases is where this will be more useful. It would be even better if you can gather all this data without having to waste time opening up your laptop/desktop computer. This is when System Information for Windows (SIW) can give you a hand.
How many times did you want to know what kind of memory is installed in your system or how many free slots are left in your machine to see if you can upgrade? Or may be you just wanted to find out information about your motherboard. Sometimes to gather this information can be difficult for many people, yes you could use the Windows System Information, but this is not something for average users.
SIW is a great free tool that every Windows user should use when figuring out upgrades, troubleshooting, etc. SIW is capable of scanning your computer and query tons of detailed information about your hardware and software settings, and you can even generate reports in various file formats, some of the information you can view include:
- How many memory slots there are in your system and maximum RAM capacity in the system
- CPU information: name, model, socket, etc.
- Motherboard information: Serial number, CPU socket, System slots, and much more
- Monitor the computer’s temperature
- Battery information for laptops
- BIOS information
Not only you can get a lot of detailed information about your computer’s hardware, but also in software and you will be able to view information such as Windows settings, software product key/license/serial, Windows update information, open files and much more.
Once you have installed System Information for Windows you’ll see that is pretty simple to use, in the left-hand pane you can expand and navigate the different sections (software, hardware, and network), where you can view a lot of system information that will make much more easier, for example, to find the correct memory that is supported in your system, get the information to see if it is worth to buy that new video card, or get to know better your computer components. Going through the file menu, with one click you can create a report that can be use for inventory purposes.
Other miscellaneous tools include: Mac address changer, CPU and Memory usage monitor, monitor test, network traffic test, and a password viewer.
SIW is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Media Center, Trablet PC, WinRE, BartPE, and Winternal ERD Commander. As you can see you can use the tool almost in any version of Microsoft operating system.
Over all this is a great tool that will come in handy on many occasions (e.g., hardware upgrade, troubleshooting different issues, creating inventory, getting to know your system, etc.). So now you know, when you need to x-ray your computer System Information for Windows can help.
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