When it comes to troubleshooting or upgrading different hardware on your PC, Windows 10 makes it easy to access most of the under-the-hood details. But what about the monitor you are using? At some point, you mind find yourself in a situation where you need to know the make, model, or other details about the monitor connected to your PC.
Unless you have the original manual or know the secret buttons to push to cycle through the display’s menu setting, it can be a pain to find the advanced details you need. But just like with finding your PC’s local drive or RAM details, Windows 10 makes finding the make or model and other specific details about the display a fairly painless process. You just need to know where to look.
Find your Monitor’s Make, Model, and More
To find the details about your monitor, head to Settings > System > Display and scroll down and click the “Advanced Display Settings” link.
The next screen that appears will list off a ton of details about your monitor(s). Information includes the manufacturer, model number, resolution, the model of graphics card it’s connected to, refresh rate, and a lot more.
From here you can also click the “Display adapter properties” link to open the properties for the graphics card for additional info for maintenance or troubleshooting that needs to be done.
There are many different reasons why you would need to access the advanced display settings. Maybe you need help getting it to work with your computer’s display adapter. Perhaps you need to find the proper drivers for your laptop monitor so it works with a projector. Or, perhaps you want to configure a dual-monitor setup for easier multitasking. Whatever the case, whether it’s for troubleshooting or some other reason, if you do need to find detailed information about your monitor quickly, Windows 10 makes the job much easier – even if you have multiple connected monitors.
Google doesn’t provide an easy way to see the storage, RAM, CPU, and other specifications of your Chromebook. But it’s possible to dig all this information up, just as you can on a traditional computer operating system.
The specifications matter if you’re considering upgrading your Chromebook and want to know how much hardware you have. The techniques we’re covering also tell you if you have an ARM or Intel CPU, which is important if you’re installing a full Linux system on your Chromebook.
Check Available Storage
To view how much local storage your Chrome OS device has available, open the “Files” app and click the menu button. You’ll see a meter showing how much local storage space you have left. You can free up space by deleting files from your Downloads folder and clearing your cache.
View Memory, CPU, and Network Usage
Chrome has its own task manager on Chrome OS, too. To use it, open any Chrome window. Click the menu button, point to “More Tools”, and then select the “Task Manager” option. The task manager shows you how much memory, CPU, and network activity different web pages, browser extensions, and apps are using.
Use the System Page
Chrome OS offers a special page that shows system information. You don’t need to install anything extra to find it. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t provide the most user-friendly interface.
To locate this interface, type “chrome://system” into Chrome’s address bar and press Enter. (You can open this page on Windows, Mac, or Linux, too — but Chrome won’t show anywhere near as much system information.)
Much of the information here is more technical than what most people need, but you can see detailed information about your release version of Chrome OS, the device’s CPU, disk usage, its hardware platform, and network connection information.
Examine Network Connection Details
If you need to know your Chromebook’s network connection information—for example, its current IP or MAC address, or your router’s IP address—first, open the Settings page. The easiest way to get there is to click the notification area, and then select the gear-shaped “Settings” icon.
Click the name of your network connection under the “Network” section at the top of the Settings window, and then click your connection name in the list. The IP address is shown on the main page.
Expand the “Advanced” section to see details like your MAC address, SSID, and signal strength.
Expand the “Network section to see details like your routing prefix (subnet mask), gateway (router address), and DNS server addresses.
Find Your Chromebook’s Name with the Recovery Utility
Google offers a Chromebook Recovery Utility you can install on your Chromebook. Install this app and launch it. The utility is mainly designed for creating recovery media that you can use to restore your Chromebook’s operating system if it becomes damaged. However, the first page of the app (after you click the “Get Started” button also shows you the exact model name of your Chromebook and and lets you match it to a more user-friendly name. You can then Google this Chromebook name for more information, if you like.
Install a System Information App
Google has added a variety of system APIs to Chrome OS, so simple apps can read system information and display it. Google hasn’t included such an interface with the operating system because it really doesn’t want you to have to care what hardware is in your Chromebook. These apps function like the system information utilities do on Windows.
For example, you could install Cog, a system information utility created by François Beaufort, a Google employee.
Cog shows you the name of your CPU and architecture, your current system CPU usage, the total amount of RAM in your system, the amount of memory left, network connection information, display specifications, and a few other details. Other apps work similarly, as there’s only so much information an app can get from Chrome OS and display to you.
If necessary, you can find more detailed hardware specifications with a simple Google search after you find the exact model name of your Chromebook.
Get a detailed breakdown of your laptop or tablet’s battery status
The battery on your Windows 10 laptop or tablet is one of its most critical pieces of hardware. Over time, a battery’s life span shortens, and its ability to hold a charge decreases. It’s inevitable, gradual, and to be expected when using mobile devices.
However, if you suspect your battery’s performance is fading a little too quickly, you can perform a battery diagnostic with a simple command. Windows 10 has a built-in feature that allows you to create a battery report with a simple cmdlet (command-let) via PowerShell. Each report gets saved as an HTML file that you view in a web browser and includes data on your system, all installed batteries, usage, capacity history, and battery life estimates.
Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.
How to Generate a Battery Report in Windows 10
To create a detailed battery report on your Windows 10 laptop or tablet, you’ll have to launch PowerShell in admin mode, then run the powercfg /batteryreport command-let.
Press Win+X, then select Windows PowerShell (Admin) and select Yes when the User Account Control box appears..
Enter powercfg /batteryreport /output “C:\battery-report.html” into PowerShell, then press Enter.
After you run the battery report command, you’ll see a message in PowerShell with the location it was saved to.
Open the report in a web browser. Use Windows Explorer to access the report’s location.
Check Battery Health in Windows 10
With your battery report generated and open, it’s time to go through each section to gain a clearer picture of your battery’s performance, and estimated life expectancy.
The first section, directly under Battery Report, lists some primary system information such as your computer’s name, BIOS version, OS build, and the date the report was created.
The second section, below Installed batteries, lists key information about your laptop or tablet batteries, such as name, manufacturer, serial number, chemistry, and design capacity.
This section gives you a detailed overview of when your device was either running on battery or connected to AC power. Recent usage covers your device’s power states for three days and includes start time, state (active/suspended), source (battery/ac), and capacity remaining.
This area lists any battery drains over the last three days before generating the report. If your system ran for extended periods on battery alone, this section would break it down by start time or duration, as well as by energy drained.
Under this section, you’ll see a complete history (including duration) of each time your device was running on either battery or AC power. Reviewing your usage history is a great way to see how often and for how long you run your device on battery power.
Battery Capacity History
In this section of the report, you see full charge capacity compared to your battery’s design capacity for each period. Watching your full charge capacity is another helpful way to monitor the overall health and performance of your battery over time.
Battery Life Estimates
The final section of the report displays battery life estimates at full charge, compared to the designed capacity. This area gives you a clear outlook of how well your battery’s life is holding up over time. At the very bottom of the report, there is an estimated battery lifetime value, based on observed drains since the last OS installation.
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How To Get Detailed Information About Your PC
Do you want to easily find detailed information about your Windows PC in one easy to use application? There are several system information utilities available and today we will look at three that do a very good job.
SIW – System Information for Windows
You can run run it from a USB stick or use the installer version which is free for personal use. There is also a Business and Technician’s version that allow the creation of reports in different formats. SIW looks deep into your system and reports on software, hardware, the OS, and essentially anything else you can imagine.
You can add even more hardware and software categories by going into preferences.
AusLogics System Information
This free utility from AusLogics does a good job of presenting different aspects of your system information in an attractive, easy to use interface. Categories include General Information, Operating System, Devices, Video, Memory Usage, Performance, Hard Drive, Programs, USB devices, and Network.
You can create full detailed reports in HTML, XML, or plain text.
Finally we will look at what is arguably the most comprehensive system info utility…Sysinternals Suite from Mark Russinovich. This suite is a collection of more than 60 individual tools and help files for all aspects of your system. There are far to many great tools in this collection one of which is Autoruns, a great utility to see every single startup item such as applications, explorer add-ons, drivers, services and much more.
Also included in the suite is Desktops 1.0 which is a very neat virtual desktop app that allows up to 4 desktops on one screen, similar to the Linux feature, this comes in very handy in XP and Vista Home edition.
You can choose your hotkey combination to toggle through the different desktops.
How To Get Detailed Information About Your PC
System Utilities Suite can help you understand your computer inside out, by displaying essential details of your Windows operating system and all your computer hardware and installed components.
To view, print or save your System Information, click on the Maintain tile from the Home screen, then click the System Info tile. You can now start viewing your system information by clicking the respective areas of your system.
You will also see a text to Save (Save Report) the information as a text file or Print (Print Report) the system information as an offline reference.
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One of the downsides of being a Linux user is that sometimes there’s no easy way to find system information. This statement is especially true when it comes to finding system specifications for a Linux PC. Many desktop environments on Linux have different ways to view this information. Additionally, different third-party apps help users look up their system specification.
For a new user looking to find the name of their CPU, what type of RAM they have, or graphics card model is installed, this can be quite frustrating. It is because of this annoying fact; we’ll be going over all of the ways you can get system specifications for a Linux PC easily.
Neofetch and Screenfetch
A speedy way to get a detailed readout of your entire Linux PC is to use a “system info” tool. These are terminal-based programs that run with a single command, and can give a detailed readout of everything from the type of CPU you have, the amount of RAM installed (and in use), the OS version, Linux Kernel version, your terminal shell, and much more.
To use one of these programs, you’ll first need to install it. Open up a terminal and enter the commands to get going. Both Neofetch and Screenfetch are installable on most Linux distributions. Search your package manager for both, and you’re bound to find at least one.
Get System Specifications With Neofetch
To access system information through the Neofetch program, open up a terminal window. Inside the terminal, call the program:
Give it a couple of seconds, and you’ll see a complete readout of your entire Linux PC, with detailed information about the CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.
Get System Specifications With Screenfetch
Screenfetch works a lot like Neofetch, though it’s not as good looking. To get system specifications for a Linux PC with this program, open up a terminal window and call the program.
Like Neofetch, Screenfetch will take a couple of seconds to gather system information. When finished, it will print out a detailed readout of your entire Linux system.
Getting System Specifications The Old Way
Programs like Neofetch and Screenfetch are useful, but it’s not the only way to grab detailed information on your Linux PC. It turns out that most Linux systems have files that any user can access to view system information. In this section of the guide, we’ll go over how to obtain this information and save it for later quickly.
Let’s start off with finding out the CPU info on Linux. In a terminal, run:
The lscpu command can show information about everything there is to know regarding your CPU, the core count, speed, CPU model, etc. Need to save this information for later? Consider running it to a file.
The next tool, lshw can show information about your CPU, as well as a lot of other pieces of hardware. Just running lshw in the terminal will give a list of info.
If you’d like to isolate specific hardware in the list, combine it with -class.
For example, to view the amount of RAM on your PC, run:
Need to separate the types of storage on your Linux PC? No problem, use -class storage.
To save the entire output of lshw to a text file, do:
Hardware information isn’t just for internal components like the CPU, etc. There is also the USB bus and PCI bus. To view information related to these two areas, you’ll need to make use of both lsusb and lspci. Let’s start with the PCI tool.
Using the lspci command is a lot like much of the other list-based tools on this list. To view the entire readout of every PCI device connected to your Linux PC, run:
You’ll notice quite a lot of different PCI devices, so to make it easier to sort through, consider adding the more command to it.
Using the enter key, move through the list.
Need to isolate a specific item? Use grep. For example, to separate the Nvidia PCI GPU in the list, you’d do:
To save the entire output of this command to a file, run this command.
Lastly, the USB devices. Using lsusb is a lot like the lspci command, so not a lot of extra information is needed. To view USB devices in a long list, try running the command on it’s own:
To make the list easier to navigate, add more at the end.
Isolate different USB devices in the list using grep:
Save everything to a file with:
If you prefer to use a tool that has a GUI for viewing your system specifications, give Stacer a try.
Windows 10 includes a pretty neat feature that automatically generates a detailed report of all your wireless network connection history. The report includes details about networks to which you’ve connected, session duration, errors, network adapters, and even displays the output from a few Command Prompt commands.
This report is great for anyone who is having a problem connecting to the internet, as it allows you to diagnose problems associated with each Wi-Fi session.
How to Generate a WLAN Report and Wi-Fi History
We’re going to use the Windows Command Prompt in our example here, but you can also use the same command in Windows PowerShell. Just make sure to select “Run as Administrator” when opening PowerShell.
You’ll need to run Command Prompt as an Administrator to run this command, so hit Start and then type “cmd” into the search box. Right-click the “Command Prompt” result and then select “Run as Administrator.”
At the prompt, type the following command and hit enter:
Windows generates the report and stores it in the following location:
You can either navigate to the folder and double-click on the .html file or copy the file path and enter it into the address bar of your web browser.
How to Read the Report
The report includes several sections with detailed data regarding networks, general system, user, and adapter information.
The first section shows a graph with a WLAN report that, when you hover your mouse over a specific session, displays detailed information about each session. A red circle with an ‘X’ in it represents an error. This is an interactive graph, and you can hover over an event to get a summary or click on any event to jump to it in the session list further down in the report.
This section shows the date the report was generated and how many days the report covers.
General System Info
This section contains details about your PC—computer name, manufacturer, system product name, BIOS date and version, and so on.
This section includes general information about the user who generated the report, such as the username, domain, and user DNS domain.
This section contains a detailed list of all the network adapters on your PC, including any that are hidden. It gives the device name, Plug and Play ID, Global Unique Identifier, current driver, driver date, and device node flags.
You’ll also see the output of several Command Prompt commands included in the report. These provide even more details regarding your network adapters and WLAN information.
The ipconfig /all command shows detailed information about adapter states on your computer, including the MAC address of the adapter, IP address, DNS server, and much more.
The NetSh WLAN Show All command shows you details regarding your Wi-Fi adapter, including its capabilities, all the Wi-Fi profiles on your PC, and a complete list of all the networks that were found when you ran the report.
The CertUtil – store -silent My & certutil -store -silent -user My command displays a list of all the current certificates stored on your PC.
This section includes a detailed list of all the Wi-Fi profiles stored on your PC. Any time you connect to a different wireless device, the information used to connect to it is stored on your computer. Everything but the encrypted keys and passwords is displayed here.
The summary section is split up into three parts and shows session successes, failures, and warnings; reasons for disconnecting; and the length of each session.
In this section, you will find a highly detailed list of all the events that occurred for each Wi-Fi session. Each session is separated into its own section; clicking the plus to expand an event reveals even more details about it. Some of the details include interface name, connection mode, connection profile, network name, and disconnect reason.
Any time your computer is having issues connecting to a wireless network you can run this command and get a detailed report of the last three days of activity to help diagnose connectivity problems you may be having.
It is important to know your computer specifications when you are trying to troubleshoot a problem. Different Serato Software products require different minimum specifications that a computer will need to meet (at the very least) in order to run the software at it’s best.
The minimum computer specification requirements for each Serato product can be found on the relative product page here. (Features & Specs tab).
Generating a DirectX Diagnostics Tool report on a PC (Windows)
A DirectX Diagnostics report details the hardware and software configuration of your computer – these reports allow our technical support to review your computer for hardware and software conflicts to recommend solutions to crashes and other issues.
1. Connect your Serato DJ Primary hardware and any USB devices you use while DJing
2. Press the Windows + R Keys on your keyboard simultaneously, to launch the ‘Run’ prompt. Type “dxdiag” without the quotations, and click ‘OK’ as per the screenshot below;
NOTE: The ‘Windows’ key is often found between the CTRL and ALT keys on the left side of your keyboard
3. You may see a message asking whether you want to check if you drivers are digitally signed – simply click ‘No’ and proceed. Then you’ll see the DirectX Diagnostics Tool appear. Please wait 2-3 minutes to allow the tool to generate all system information correctly, then choose ‘Save All Information’;
4. Give the resulting text file a name in the ‘Save As’ dialog box, and choose a location where you wish to save it, then click ‘Save’;
Generating a System Report on a Mac (OS X)
A System report details the hardware and software configuration of machines running Mac OS. Please observe the following instructions to run and save an System report if requested by Serato Support
1. Connect your Serato DJ Primary hardware and any USB devices you use while DJing
3. Please wait 2-3 minutes to allow the system report to generate all system information, then in the Menu Bar, click “File” > “Save. “;
Windows has always been able to tell you nearly everything you want to know about your computer: hardware, software, drivers, you name it. System Information puts all the information neatly at your fingertips. Let’s take a look at this useful Windows app and what it can show you about your computer, in all modern versions of Windows:
NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
How to open System Information
In any modern version of Windows, you can use the search function to find and open the System Information app. Use the search terms “system information” or msinfo32 and click/tap on the result with the same name.
For a complete guide on all methods to open System Information see 10 ways to start System Information in Windows (all versions).
What is inside the System Information
When System Information opens you see a summary of your system that includes things like the OS Name, Version, System Name, System Manufacturer, and so on. If you read the summary, you understand the basics about your Windows computer or device. On the left, there are several categories. Each category in the left pane has expanded details on the right. The main categories are Hardware Resources, Components, and Software Environment.
To expand a category and see its details, double-click or double-tap on its name. You then see several subcategories. Clicking on their names loads useful information on the right side of the app window.
How to use the Search feature to find the information you want, inside System Information
At the bottom of System Information, there is a Find what box, where you can search for specific information. If the box is not displayed, select “Hide Find” in the Edit menu or press CTRL + F on your keyboard. You can hide it again using the same procedure. You can also hide the search box by pressing the Close Find button.
For example, if you wanted to find your computer’s IP (internet protocol) address, you would type IP Address into the box and click/tap Find. In this particular case, you may need to press Find Next a few times until the active network connection is found.
Try the search feature using the keywords that you want, to see how it works.
How to see details about hardware, using System Information
The Hardware Resources category is full of technical details. It is primarily designed for expert users or IT professionals. The average user may not find anything useful without looking up exactly what the technical terms mean.
There is a section called Conflicts/Sharing that might or might not contain anything, depending on how your system is set up. In the DOS days and the early days of Windows, IRQ (“interrupt request”) conflicts were a big deal and often you would have to twiddle and fiddle and shift things around so that your devices would not be fighting each other for the same resources. That is not a problem anymore, so the Conflicts/Sharing section is just for information, not a warning of problems.
If you want to find out more about what IRQs are assigned, click or tap on the IRQs section.
The Components section in System Information goes into detail about the hardware devices installed on your system. On our computer, Multimedia only displays the audio and video codecs, which is not something you need to worry about, especially if media files play fine in Windows Media Player or the Movies & TV app.
The Display section is more interesting. Here you can find information about the resolution used on your display and the name of the graphics adapter used to connect to it.
The other subcategories are similar. You can get full details about your mouse, keyboard, infrared input devices (if any), hard drives, optical drives, modem (if you still have one), network adapter and so forth. The section called Problem Devices is much like the Conflicts section because Windows handles hardware problems well and the section is empty most of the time.
How to see details about the software and its components, using System Information
The Software Environment section looks different on every computer, because this is where you see all the details about the software that you have installed, both what came with the operating system and what you have added on. As with the Hardware section, much of this information is only of interest to advanced users or IT professionals, and some of the categories are things like program groups, startup programs, print jobs, and running tasks, which most people already know about. Still, it is useful to have all this information in one place.
An interesting place is the Startup Programs sub-section. You can check it to make sure you start only the programs you truly need at the Windows Startup.
Why do you need to check System Information?
It is true that a lot of what you see might not mean much at first glance, but System Information is a good way to find out what is on your Windows computer. Unlike what can happen with some other administrative applications, you cannot put your computer in any danger by poking around in System Information, because it is just a viewer of information. You can use the System Information tool to quickly learn many useful things, like your IP address, the tasks that are running and their details, the programs that run at startup, details about your network adapter, or what video card you have and the driver installed for it.
What did you find out about your computer in System Information?
There are quite a few websites offering add-on “system information” tools, but few that we have seen offer much more than the built-in System Information. Have you used System Information? Was there any part of it you did not understand? Is there a section you found particularly useful – or too cryptic to be any use at all? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.
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Sometimes when friends ask me to reinstall Windows, they would not have the driver CD for their motherboard. In such situations how do you know what driver to download and install ? I was using Everest 3D benchmarking tool which is a paid software that gives detailed information about each and every hardware in a computer.
Recently I came across a freeware that can tell you most of the information you would need to know what hardware is installed on the computer.
HWiNFO32 is a freeware application that can show detailed information about your computer’s hardware . The software is only 2MB. After installation it starts up with a screen that shown all the basic info that would be needed to know a systems configuration.
Once this screen is closed you can see the actual main screen of the application. This screen showns the basic components of the computer and clicking of each brings up a much more detailed view of that component.
There is also a sensors function available that can shown you the temperature of your GPU and CPU which is useful to know if your computer is overheating. Overall a very useful tool to have when trying to find drivers for computer’s when you dont know the system configuration.