Check System Specs on Windows 10

Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney

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Whether you built your system or purchased it preconfigured, there will undoubtedly come a time when you'll need to find your computer's full list of specifications, such as; CPU, RAM, Hard Disks, Graphics Card, etc. Perhaps you want to ensure you can install a particular piece of software or game, or to perform specific tasks that have minimum hardware requirements, or just for bragging rights between your friends. In any case, being able to pull up your computer's full specs quickly is something all users should know how to do.

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There are a few ways to check your computer's specs on Windows 10, and in this VisiHow tutorial, we'll go through each of them. There is also a variety of free and paid applications that will show a PC's specifications that we'll list.

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For this article, we used a Clevo Laptop running Windows 10 Professional. If you're running Windows 8, the following steps will work just the same.

Check System Information using Settings

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You can get a simple list of your computer's specs in the About section via Settings.

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    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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    When the Quick Link menu appears on the left of the screen, click "Settings".
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    From the Settings window, click "System".
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    On the System Settings window, click "About".
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    In the About section you'll see your system's main specs listed under "Device Specifications".
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Check System Information using the Command Prompt

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You can get a more detailed list of your system's specifications via the command prompt.

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    In the Windows search box, type "command prompt" (without the quotes), then right-click "Command Prompt", then select "Run as administrator".
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    If you see the following UAC window, click "Yes".
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    When the Command Prompt window opens, type "system info" (without the quotes), then press the enter key.
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    When the system info command returns, you'll see a detailed list of your computer's specifications.
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Check Your Computer's Specifications using System Information

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Using the System information app is another great way to view a much more detailed list of your computer's specs.

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    Using the Windows taskbar search feature, type "msinfo32" (without the quotes), then click "System information" when the results populate.
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    In the System information app, click "System Summary" to view your computer's specifications.
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    To export a report as a .txt file, select "System Summary", click "File", then "Export".
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    Here in the Export as window, name the report and choose the location to save it to.
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    To open your System Summary report, simply navigate to the location and double-click the file.
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  • Check System Specs using HWiNFO

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    HWiNFO is a free application that monitors your hardware and also gives a detailed summary of your system's specifications. Please visit our section on how to download and install HWiNFO, then head back here.

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      With the installation of HWiNFO complete, select "Summary-only", then click "RUN".
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      Here on HWiNFO's System Summary, you'll see a detailed view of all your computer's hardware.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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