The computer is undoubtedly the most complicated thing we use every day. It basically consists of five elementary components, like CPU, motherboard, graphics card, RAM, and a storage device such as SSD/HDD. But the specification inside each component is extremely abundant. Understanding the specification is necessary so you can determine the performances and expect what it capable do. There are many ways to check computer specs, and I’ve explored at least five ways to know your machine information deeply.
Understanding computer specification is important, so you can pick the right software or video games which match the system configuration. It means better performances while using your desktop PC or laptop and less issue. It also helps the device to achieve longer lifespan by not burden of heavy programs.
#1 Check Computer Specs from System Information
System Information is a great tool provided by Microsoft to find out detail information of computer, including the driver that’s being used. This tool is available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Open the Start Menu by clicking the Start icon or press Window button on the keyboard and then type “System Information” (without quote).
Open the program as it was found.
Finally, you will see the System Information window like this. You can explore the component you want to figuring out through search bar below.
#2 Checking Simplified Specification by DirectX Diagnostic Tool
As its name suggests, DirectX Diagnostic Tool only focuses on the hardware that affects the DirectX API, especially for gaming purpose. It displayed brief information of motherboard, BIOS, processor, memory, display, sound, and DirectX version. This tool is available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Open Start Menu, then type “dxdiag” (without quote).
After the program found, open it.
DirectX Diagnostic Tool will appear after performing several scans about the system.
#3 Find Out Basic Information of PC
If you just a general computer user that regularly take a benefit for writing a document or browsing the internet, complex specification information might not mandatory to learn. Now, I’ve provided you the way to know basic information of computer without expert knowledge. This guide is supported for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Open Library/This PC/My Computer, right-click on it, and select Properties.
Then you will get a very basic specification of the computer. This Control Panel System only displaying Windows version, processor, RAM, system type, touch screen capability, computer name, and license code.
#4 Get Computer Condition from System Properties
System Properties is provided nearly similar information like Control Panel System as I mentioned before. But it comes with a clean interface and additional system condition, such as security, health, performances, and virus protection. This feature only available on Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Open My Computer/This PC on Windows Explorer, then click System Properties.
Once appeared, the System Properties window should look like this.
#5 Check Computer Specs Detailed Using CPU-Z
In case you wonder how complex computer architecture is, CPU-Z is a great freeware to explore every single component that attached to your PC. This software is intended for expert, developer, or overclocker before they going to do their work. CPU-Z also features benchmark test to figuring out actual performances of the machine.
If you interested, CPU-Z is available with no cost for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Check out the download page here. It comes with both installer and portable version.