In this article, we will talk about how to find out the characteristics of your computer using the built-in tools of Windows 10, as well as using third-party programs. This information can be useful when installing drivers, computer games, or comparing configurations of different computers.
Method number 1. Computer information and Device Manager.
The easiest way to find out the basic characteristics of a computer is to open the “Computer Information” window. This window can be taken along the path “Control Panel. System and Security. System” or using the WindowsPause / Break key combination.
In the “Computer Information” window, you can find out the name of the processor, its clock frequency, as well as the amount of installed RAM. In addition, a large amount of information about the operating system is available here. For example, it indicates the Windows release, bit depth, computer name, workgroup name, etc.
In addition, in the right part of the “Computer Information” window there is a link to the “Device Manager”, with which you can also find out some characteristics of your computer.
Subject to the presence of installed drivers, in the “Device Manager” you can find out the names of almost all computer components. Among which are a processor, card, sound card, network card, etc.
But, if the drivers are not installed, then the “Device Manager” may not help you, since the computer components will be displayed as unknown devices.
Method number 2. DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag).
DirectX Diagnostic Tool is a Windows 10-based utility designed to detect problems with DirectX. But, with its help, you can also find out all the basic characteristics of your computer. In order to open the “DirectX Diagnostic Tool”, you need to press the WindowsR key combination, type the command “dxdiag” and press Enter.
After that, the “DirectX Diagnostic Tool” window will open. Here you can see the manufacturer and the name of the computer (often the same as the manufacturer and the name of the motherboard), information about the BIOS, the name of the processor and the amount of RAM.
If you go to the “Screen” tab, you can still find out some more information about the characteristics of the computer. In particular, the name of the card, monitor, resolution, etc. is indicated here.
As in the case of the “Device Manager”, if the drivers are not installed on the computer, then information about the characteristics of the computer may not be complete.
Method number 3. Third-party programs.
If the drivers are not installed on your computer or you need the most detailed information about the characteristics of the computer, then you can not do without third-party programs. To view the characteristics of a computer, there are many different programs. In this article we will consider only a few of the most popular.
CPU-Z is a free program for viewing the characteristics of the processor and other computer components. Using CPU-Z, you can find out the characteristics of the processor, motherboard, RAM and card.
GPU-Z is a free program for viewing the characteristics of a card and its current parameters (including temperature, cooler rotation speed, clock speed of the chip and memory).
Speccy is a universal free program for viewing computer features. With this program you can find out almost any information about the computer. In this, Speccy is similar to the once popular Everest program.