PC=Personal computer, right? So, why not make it personal with your laptop or computer. In essence, please get to know your computer better by knowing what's under its hood. Fortunately, knowing pc specs in windows is easy and a few clicks away. Accordingly, any windows user should know how to check pc specs-windows 10.

On this account, we have prepared helpful tips on ways of checking for specific details on your windows computer. Regardless of the PC manufacturer, the windows system model has in place several ways to easily check PC specs in Windows 10. Even so, checking for pc specs in windows might not be straightforward to everyone, thus this guide. Nonetheless, before we get to the how-process, let's first identify the essential computer specs at the core of your computer's functionality.

Essential Computer Specs

Most gamers and IT gurus are familiar with most of the information in this section. But, also, we would like to bring on board unfamiliar computer users and owners. Moreover, you can look for the individual details of these specs in Windows 10. As such, we will cover some brief processes on checking on some specs on their own.

1. CPU

In full: Central processing unit, this is the heart and brain of your computer. CPU is a conglomeration of different entities that come together to support your computer processes and tasks. Read on to know how to specifically check the details of your CPU.

How to Check CPU Details

Press Ctrl + Alt+ Delete keys and choose Task Manager. Alternatively, you can right-click on the taskbar (bottom bar of your home screen) to access Task Manager. Under task manager, click on the Performance tab on the top-right corner to access the CPU details. If you don't see the Performance tab, you can click on more details to check for CPU information.

2. RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM), is the component that juggles attention to all the tasks running concurrently at a given time. As such, the higher the RAM value, the more tasks it can handle at a go. For instance, gamers prefer higher RAM values due to the many hefty tasks involved while running games. Subsequently, a higher installed RAM translates to an efficient computer.

3. GPU

GPU specs relate to the display quality of your computer, thus the name Graphics Processing Unit (video card). GPU is particularly a primary concern for gamers even in the cheapest PC builds and professionals involved in video editing tasks that are graphics-intensive. Even so, every computer brand and probably new other future brands require a GPU for quality display resolution.

How to Check the GPU Specs

You can find graphics elements under the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, also known as DxDiag. To access it, click on the start icon and type DxDiag. Next, press enter or select DirectX Diagnostic Tool enter, then click on display to check for graphics card details. Also, you can find sound specs under DxDiag.


  • Go to the device specifications section, also commonly known as Device Manager. Do this by searching for it under the windows search bar. This will be quick since the search results will bring up the Device Manager app icon even before you finish typing, then press Enter.
  • Under the device specifications section, click on Display Adaptors.
  • Finish by clicking on the Display adapters submenu, and you will have details on your GPU specs in Windows 10.

4. Hard Drive Space

Specs on space are very important when you want your PC to store something. Ideally, you need storage to hold application setups and store files at the very basic level. Normally, the disk space is by default formatted in the separations of C: and D:. To check the hard drive specs in Windows 10, you can simply click on My Computer, and it will indicate how much space is left and spent.

Storage Partition-C: and D:

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5. Motherboard

Connecting the CPU, RAM AND GPU is the motherboard. As such, the motherboard holds holding slots for different hardware such as RAM and Graphics card (s). You can know the motherboard specs in Windows 10 by accessing the Device Manager and clicking on Baseboard. That way, you will know motherboards specs such as model number, manufacturer and motherboard's version.

6. Operating System (Windows) Specs

The OS in context is Windows 10. As such, as you check for your Windows 10 PC specs, it will display a few details on the Windows system being used. Here are steps to follow to access the Windows Specifications section. Und

  • Access Control Panel from the Start button. This window is different from settings, but they both direct you to the same hardware and software specifications.
  • When the Control Panel window opens, open System to access specs on your Windows system.
  • Under the system window, the search results will include Windows edition, version, date of installation, last feature update, OS build and experience.

How to Find PC Specs in Windows 10 from Settings

Now let's get to the main meal. Going to settings is probably the most natural way to check computer specs and system information, even for new users. The settings app comes in a gear-shaped icon in almost every language and computer. You can easily access settings through the Start menu. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Click Start to access the main menu.
  • Access the gear icon, which indicates settings app, then System and scroll down to find About.
  • Then find details about your PC like System info, RAM, device name and processor in the Device Specifications section.
  • Additionally, you can check your Windows 10 OS attributes under the same section.

How to Check PC Specs Windows 10 via System Properties

You can also check computer specs by accessing your computer's system properties. This method will provide you with basic computer specs and OS specs. Ideally, there are two ways to access system properties.

Method 1: System Details Via Computer Properties

  • The first and easy way to check computer specs under this method is by right-clicking on This PC icon.
  • Under the drop-down list, select Properties, and you'll have your PC specs in Windows 10.
  • Alternatively, you can quickly open the Windows System tab through the shortcut: press the Windows key+ Break/Pause key on your keyboard.
  • Some of the basic specs you'll see include processor, system type, RAM, how much memory is installed, and information on your Windows version. Besides knowing you are using Windows 10, you'll get system information like Windows edition, activation status, experience, OS build, and installation date.

How to Check PC Specs-Windows 10 Via System Information

  • Still, on the system information, you can press the Windows key + R key to open the Run bar.
  • Then type msinfo32 and press enter as if you were doing a search.
  • Alternatively, you can click the Start button on the bottom-left corner of your screen. Then, type and choose System Information.
  • Under System Information, you'll access all your PC's specifications, both in-depth and basic information on your computer. Ideally, this method will present you will full attributes about your PC processor and system model.
  • Under System Summary, there are three primary categories: Components, Hardware Resources and Software Environment.
  • As you check computer specs using the method, you can always click the File menu and select Export. Ideally, this trick will prompt you to choose a name and file destination for a system summary text file. The text file summarizes your pc specs in Windows 10, just in case you need to share them.

How to Check PC Specs Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

Another way for checking your PC specs on Windows 10 is by using the Command Prompt. This term 'Command Prompt' might sound technical to some users, but it's easy. Read on to understand how easy it is.

  • The first way of accessing the Command Prompt Window is by pressing the Windows + R keys. Then, in the RUN window, type cmd to open Command Prompt window.
  • Alternately, you can click the Start button and type Command Prompt on the left panel that will appear. Then, follow this up by right-clicking the result on Command Prompt and choosing Run as administrator option.
  • Under the Command Prompt Window, type systeminfo and hit Enter. Voila! You have all your Windows 10 computer specs like BIOS, processor, device network information and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.

Using a Third-Party Tool to Check your PC Specs

If the above-mentioned hunting methods sound tricky, another approach on how to check PC specs-windows 10 is by using third-party tools. Furthermore, the System Information tool and Settings might be overwhelming with many details. As such, there are third-party tools like Speccy, which is free and isn't overwhelming while checking the system specs.

Essentially, such a tool accesses System Information on your behalf and summarizes the results for you. While using such tools, there is no press ctrl or other keys, probably just a few clicks to launch the tool and then hit Enter to run automated checks on your Windows 10 PC. Nonetheless, using such third-party System Information tools comes with an initial effort of downloading and installing.

Why Should I Check My PC Specs?

So far, we have identified ways of knowing detailed computer specs beyond the simple PC brand name and that it's Windows 10. Checking your computer is equal to self-awareness, which protects your welfare. As such, let's highlight a few reasons for knowing how to check your PC's system information.

  • Ensuring you buy an appropriate new PC. Knowing a new computer's specs can help you match its hardware specifications to your intended use. Therefore, you'll go beyond a computer's brand name and know the system requirements for your needs.
  • Marketing while Selling your PC. Accordingly, potential buyers will have full info about the PC you're selling. As such, they will be able to make an informed decision as you justify reasons for setting your said price.
  • When seeking support or troubleshooting. Probably when you have internet connection errors, your service provider might need to know your computer specs besides being Windows 10. A quick check using the provided options can help you share the required information. Also, knowing your Windows 10 PC specs will help you find the right answers/solutions as you troubleshoot using free online resources.
  • Ensuring software compatibility. All the drivers in your computer at one point or another will require updates, and at times you'll download new drivers. Subsequently, you'll need to know your computer specs to get the right drivers. Also, Windows 10 allows for automatic driver updates. To start with, you will need to know if your device has any free space before installing any updates or new drivers.
  • When overclocking your PC. Let's say you want to upgrade your gaming PC; you need to know from what you are tuning it. Such due diligence will help make objective upgrades to the required hardware specs. Also, before overclocking your PC, you'll need to know the minimum requirements of your intended use to know what to tweak with.


In closing, checking the specs of your PC in Windows 10 is easy and very necessary. We've presented an array of specs to look for in your PC and ways for checking them. Eventually, the knowledge in this post will help optimize the welfare of your computer. Even more, now you can sound a bit of a computer wizard among your friends with the highlighted tips and tricks.

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