Definitely, it’s really important to us to learn how to check the main features, settings or simply the configuration or the Hardware we use every day. It could be our PC, notebook or laptop. If you have this information at hand, you can decide whether to keep the device you are currently using (the way it is), upgrade its components or maybe buy a new one. We want to describe some ways to obtain this useful information for you to make smart decisions.

Online tools

There are several options to check the configuration of your PC online; however, we recommend to read our post how to detect my laptop or computers settings online. There you’ll also have a nice description on how to check if your PC runs the minimum requirements so you could play your favorite video games and how your components are ranked compared to others.

Device properties information

The operative system brings options to view the basic information about your computer, one of them consists on right clicking on My PC (Windows 7 and prior versions) or This PC (Windows 8 and later) and then choosing Properties. We’ll get a short summary with information like your Windows edition, processor, RAM and system type.Basic info about your computer

DirectX Diagnostic Tool – DxDiag

This is an inbuilt software we can find in every Windows edition, offering way more information related to the system. DxDiag comes with a lot of o tabs meant to show different features of the display, sound and other input devices. There are two ways to summon this tool:

  1. Using the Search Windows button, type dxdiag and hit the Enter button.
  2. Combine the Windows + R keys to get the Run tool, type dxdiag and then click on OK.

dxdiag tool computer

System Info – Windows

We can the get system information by using the Search Windows button, type system info and hit the Enter button.

system info windows pc

After that we’ll get a new window with two main sections, the one on the left has a System Summary and three expandable menus: Hardware Resources, Components and Software Environment while the one on the right shows detailed information for each menu.

system information windows pc

This information can be saved as a System Information File – NFO extension, text file or even be printed. There are also third party tools that might be downloaded to obtain similar results such as Aida Software, Speccy, Everest and  Belarc Advisor.


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