The ability to view a computer's specifications in Windows 10 is useful in various circumstances. Therefore, we have outlined this article, how to check your PC specs, to assist you in seeing if the device meets the minimum criteria for installing a piece of software.

If you see the device is becoming slower over time, knowing the hardware specifications might help you determine whether you need to replace the computer or improve a component. Windows 10 users can examine PC specs using desktop programs or command-line tools.

They include CPU, memory, motherboard, graphics card, Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), device model number and Windows version. The only limitation is that the properties available may differ slightly depending on the technique. We'll lead you through the steps to check your PC hardware and software details in this guide.

Why Should I Check the Specifications of My Computer?

Understanding the hardware in your computer can help you with various activities and circumstances. Below are a few scenarios in which knowing how to check your RAM, CPU, and other system info can be useful.

You need to outline a list of all the device specifications when you're selling it. It will provide potential customers with the information they require to make an informed selection and assist you in determining how much you should charge.

Do you have a problem with your hardware or another aspect of your system's performance? When contacting tech support, be prepared to provide them with the specifics of your problem. They'll need to know what you're dealing with to provide you with the finest advice.

When upgrading to a new device, reviewing your current specs might assist you in determining what you require in a new computer. Knowing where your present computer falls short will help you figure out how powerful your new machine should be.

If you're building your computer, you may compare CPU specifications and GPU benchmarks to determine what you'll need. However, when updating your graphics or audio drivers, you'll need to know the exact model number of your graphics or sound card. That is unless you use an automated driver updater.

Want to play the latest game or even a classic like GTA 5 or Ark: Survival Evolved on an older PC or laptop? To begin, double-check that your gaming PC fulfills the game's minimum requirements. Unfortunately, you cant install the game unless you do.

Overclocking a CPU or GPU implies tweaking it to run quicker than it would otherwise with its default settings. Check specs and stress-test your CPU or GPU before you begin so you know where you stand. Overclocking your CPU and GPU can be dangerous, so gather as much information as possible before you begin.

How to Check Your PC Specs

You can find your hardware specs in a couple of different methods in Windows. First, try one of the ways below to check your CPU specs and other details, depending on the level of detail you require.

1. How to Check your PC's specifications using the Windows system settings

a) System Settings In Windows 7

 Right-click on the Computer icon select Properties to open the Windows system settings menu. You'll find a basic list of specifications here, including your processor, available RAM, certain support numbers (depending on the PC maker), and the Windows version you're running. The information provided here isn't exhaustive, but it will suffice.

You can get the basic system parameters. They include the CPU, system memory (RAM), Windows details, architecture (32-bit or 64-bit), and pen and touch support under the Device specifications section if you require them.

b) System Settings App In Windows 10

Your Windows system settings make it simple to examine your computer's specs. In Windows 10, go to System by clicking Start, then opening your Settings. From the left-hand corner menu, select About. In Windows 10, the Settings menu is located at the bottom of the screen.

It will display your PC's basic characteristics and the Windows version installed. From this screen, you can quickly copy and paste your device specifications. Then, on the Windows 10 Settings page, you can see the hardware specifications.

Check the program specifications in the Windows specifications section. Edition indicates if you have Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home. Version displays the current Windows release on the machine, which updates with each semi-annual update you install. Installed on indicates when the most recent feature update was applied.

Operating system build indicates the technical build number of the Windows release. The first five numbers represent the version, and anything after the period represents the most recent quality update installed on the device.

Experience displays the installed service feature pack on the device. While on the "About" page, click the Copy button beneath each area to copy and share the computer specs with others, save them for future reference, or inventory them.

2. How to use Command Prompt to Check computer specs

If you wish to check computer specs in Command Prompt, you can use the System Info command tool. Press Windows and R simultaneously to open the Run window on your computer in Windows 7. To open the Command Prompt window, type cmd and press Enter.

Follow these steps to check computer specs using Command Prompt in Windows 10. Start the program. Right-click the top result in the search for Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator. Type the following command and press Enter: system info to find your computer specs.

In Command Prompt, use the system info /? command to see the possible settings for this utility. The command output will return all information about the computer's hardware and software once you've completed the procedures. It includes Windows 10 and update information, system architecture, whether the device utilizes BIOS or UEFI, RAM, and network specifications.

3. Checking your PC specifications Using the Device Manager

Do you need to know the exact name of a device, such as your graphics card or sound chip? The best option is to use Device Manager. Select Device Manager from the right-click menu on your Windows menu.

When you right-click on the Windows menu, a menu appears. The following window will display a list of everything built into your computer or laptop. Check the device names for each item on the list, as shown in the screenshot below.

The Device Manager in Windows 10 is a tool that allows you to manage your devices. Each accessory or device connected to or built into your PC or laptop is usually named clearly and completely in Device Manager.

Still haven't figured out what a certain device is? Does it state Unknown on the listing? Don't be concerned. The device's GUID can still be determined (Globally Unique Identifier). It is a series of numbers that will assist you in determining the device you are looking at.

Double-click the suspicious Broadcom 802.11ac entry in Device Manager. Then navigate to the Details tab. Select Hardware Ids from the Properties menu. To read more about one of the entries, right-click on it, copy it, and paste it into your favorite search engine. You may determine the actual name of the unknown item by conducting a fast online search.

4. How to Use System Information to Check Computer Specs

System Information is the greatest and most comprehensive built-in utility for verifying your PC specs. Go to your Windows menu and type System Information into the windows search bar to access it. Windows will look for it on your behalf.

In Windows 10, open the System Information tool from the Windows menu. First, go to System Information and choose it (or hit Enter). Then, from the left navigation pane, select the System Summary category. The tool that appears next is the most comprehensive, but also the most difficult, way to determine your PC's specifications.

You can find everything from your computer's system model and type, CPU brand and model, and BIOS/UEFI version. Other details include the system memory capacity, motherboard brand and model, virtualization capability, drivers and software installed on your machine. It doesn't get any more specific than this!

Windows 10's System Information tool has a search option for specific information. Look for anything in the Find what section at the bottom of the window, such as graphics cards or USB ports.

To save all of this information in a tidy text file for sharing, go to the File menu and select Export. Then, when a support person asks for these facts or when you need to publish your hardware specifications on an internet forum, this can come in handy.

If you select System Summary, everything will be exported. You need to choose the Display item from the left navigation pane if you only wish to export the graphics card details.

5. Use a Third-party Program to Access Your PC Specs

The built-in spec-hunting tools in Windows can be a little tough to use. And with so much data, it isn't easy to know where to start. Consider using a specialist spec-checking tool if you're feeling overwhelmed.

Speccy, CPU-Z, Core Temp (CPU only) and HWInfo are tools that show your computer specs, allowing you to discover the information you need quickly and effortlessly. These tools can help you find all of your computer specs, whether you're looking for information about your installed RAM or CPU or want to know which programs are loaded on your PC.

Please make the most of your existing hardware by optimizing its performance. Also, make sure your computer gets regular maintenance and optimization to get the most out of the hardware under the hood and to unclog bothersome performance bottlenecks.

How to Check Your PC specs

1. Processor (CPU)

You can find out what kind of processor you have with two clicks on a Windows 10 machine. First, Right-click on the Windows start menu icon at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. Then, from the pop-up menu, select 'System.' It will list the type of CPU you have in your computer next to 'Processor.'

2. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

Determining what graphics card you have is similar to determining what CPU you have, except it takes 50% more time. First, simply Right-click the Windows start menu icon. In the pop-up menu, select 'Device Manager.' Next, click on the arrow next to 'Display Adapters' in 'Device Manager.' There will be a listing for your GPU there.

Kindly note that the 'Display Adapters' tab may display two selections. If the 'Display Adapters' tab shows two, it means it's displaying both your processor's integrated graphics and your laptop's dedicated graphics card. The dedicated graphics card is the one you want because it is the more powerful and the one your system utilizes of the two.

Your dedicated graphics card will usually be shown as the second option. For example, the integrated graphics on an Intel processor will be called something like 'Intel HD Graphics 4000.' The other option will be the one you prefer in that scenario.

And it'll most likely be an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M or an AMD Radeon (or HD) R9 M470. In the event that your computer has an AMD processor, the integrated graphics will almost certainly be 'AMD Radeon..." However, choose the second option in such a case, as it is most likely your dedicated graphics.

3. Motherboard

You could open up your desktop and see who made your motherboard and what model name it has. For example, motherboards are commonly referred to as ASUS Z690-A, MSI B550M, or Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, where ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are motherboard manufacturers.

Z690, B550, and X370 are motherboard chipsets, leading you to the motherboard's socket type. If you're unfamiliar with the major motherboard manufacturers and the string of letters and numbers that signify the chipset and motherboard name, you might want to choose a simpler choice.

You can try Typing 'System Information' into the Windows search bar. Then, on the System Summary tab (on the left-hand side of the window), scroll down until you see 'Motherboard Manufacturer' or 'BaseBoard Manufacturer.'

The information adjacent to 'Motherboard/BaseBoard Manufacturer,' 'Motherboard/BaseBoard Model,' and 'Motherboard/BaseBoard Name' should provide you with the necessary information. However, in many circumstances, the information included in these tabs may be ambiguous.

The BaseBoard Manufacturer is 'ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.,' the BaseBoard Model is 'Not Available,' and the BaseBoard Name is 'Base Board' on my desktop, for example. It's not a lot of information, but it does tell you who made your motherboard. It might also make it easier to locate the information you need when you open your computer to check.

4. Memory (RAM) Capacity

Memory (RAM) Capacity

Another simple chore is to determine how much RAM your computer has. In reality, the same screen that identifies your CPU also shows how much memory you have. First, select the Windows start menu icon with the right-click menu. Next, select 'System' from the drop-down menu.

Scroll down until you see the amount of installed RAM you have. You may also find out how much RAM you have by searching in Windows 10's 'System Information,' as described in the section above, on how to determine what type of motherboard you have.

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