How To Check Computer Specs (Do This First)



Category: How To, Software, Windows

how to check computer specs

The ability to determine the specifications on your computer can come in handy when you least expect it. It can also be very helpful in highlighting any problems within your computer system. Unfortunately, the information is usually scattered across the operating system, and you need to know how to retrieve it. Let's discuss how to check computer specs next.


What Are Computer Specs?

Computer specs are technical specifications and descriptions of your computer's current components and its capabilities. When you buy a new computer of any kind, you need to be sure it has the specifications you are looking for—both in hardware specs and software tech specs.

If you plan on using your computer for at least the next three years, then you need to be a little fussy with the specifications. For example, the Random Access Memory, also known as RAM, is indicated in Gigabytes. The higher the RAM, the most tasks your computer can perform at the same time.

Additionally, the processor speed indicated as gigahertz (GHz) should also be higher. The higher your computers processor speed, the faster the computer. A fast computer is generally better overall because it will perform multiple tasks when needed. You can find details of the specifications in the places we have highlighted in the next sections.

How To Check Computer Specs

There are multiple ways to check your computer specs. It also varies between different windows. We will explain the step-by-step ways in which you can check your computer specs. Different laptops have different windows, and therefore, the process might be different for each windows.

1) Windows 7

After turning your computer on, find the "my computer" icon. It is usually located on the start bar at the bottom of your screen. Right-click on the icon, and when the drop-down menu appears, select "properties." After clicking on properties, select the option that says "general" from the menu provided.

Next, at the top of the window, find the "system" option and select it. This should lead you to a menu that tells you the type of operating system that's installed on your computer. This includes the version of the operating system you have. Finally, at the bottom of the window, look up "computer," and here you will find your processor brand and how much memory it has.

To find out the amount of drive space your computer has, double click on the "my computer" icon. Right-click on the hard drive icon. A drop down menu will appear, and you can select "properties." Another window menu will appear, and you can then select "capacity." This will show you how much space is used up or left on your hard drive.

2) Windows 10

On windows 10, it is much more simpler compared to windows 7. This is because, with one click of a button, you can easily access the system information and basic system specifications. All system info should be here. Here is how to access your device's technical specifications on windows 10.

First, click on the windows start menu icon on the bottom left corner. Next, click on the "settings" tab. The settings tab will lead you to all the details you need, including hardware specifications. Other computer specs will also be on there. You can check everything out on there.

3) MacBook OS X

With MacBook's its fairly simple. All you have to do is go to the Apple menu and select "About this Mac." All the details will be displayed, including hardware components and the current specs, storage space, and how much RAM is on your computer. Any system problems can also be troubleshot here.

How To Check Detailed Computer Specs

For any windows you have, there is always a search option where you can search for files and desktop applications within your computer. Therefore, you can check specs and get a detailed report with just a few steps in the settings menu. This method should give you the very detailed information.

On the windows search bar, start typing "system information." Next, click system information or press enter. Another menu should appear, and you can get very detailed information, including your network details, system memory capacity, system model, graphics processing unit, dedicated graphics card and other system's specs.

You can use this method to find specific details, as we have mentioned. You can also generate a complete report on the details you require. To do this, open the file menu and click on "export." This will generate a file you can share easily online or when servicing your computer or getting a brand new system.

Third-Party Tools

If getting your computer's specs from your PC turns out to be futile, then you can try third-party tools such as Speccy. They use command line tools. Compared to other windows in-built search tools, it is the easiest to navigate. First, on the windows, click start. Then search for "run" and right click on it. You can alos press the Windows key and "R."

In the command prompt box provided, type "<path to speccy>/debug" and click ok. This will activate Speccy in debug mode. A window will appear and ask you which features you would like to log in. Check all the boxes provided if they aren't checked and click "ok." To access the report, go on to windows explorer.

You can also uncheck some boxes that you don't require information on, then click "ok." Next, navigate to the installation path and the log file will be in this folder destination. It will have such a name in the format "Speccy_log[version][date].txt.". If you click on it, it should instantly open.

The Bottom Line

If you still haven't been successful in how to check PC specs, then you can always consult a professional. However, with the steps provided above, it should be fairly simple to get all the information you need on your computer's specifications. Furthermore, after looking at your computer's hardware specs, you should know whether or not to give it an upgrade.