How to check Your PC specs in Windows 10

How to check Your PC specs in Windows 10

Wondering what’s in your computer? Here’s how to find out. […]

Knowing the specifications of your Windows 10 PC can be very helpful. From knowing how much space there is on your hard drives to knowing if you can run a video game with the recommended settings, it helps to know and know the specifications of your PC to make sure you are able to do what you need to do or what you need to upgrade if something is missing.

There are a variety of methods to find the PC specifications in Windows 10, both with the standard tools that come with Windows 10 and with various third-party software solutions.

Finding the basic specifications in Windows 10

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In the Control Panel of Windows 10 there is an area where you can find the basic specifications of your PC, including the type and speed of the CPU, the amount of installed RAM and the version of the operating system. To get here, you can use the keyboard shortcut Win + Pause / Pause, or you can find it by following the steps below:

  • Open your Start menu
  • Tap / Search for “Control Panel”.
  • In the control Panel, find and click “System and Security”.
  • In the new view, find and click System or Show Memory and Processor Speed.

Using the Performance tab of the Task Manager

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The ever-popular task manager, often used to close frozen programs, includes a “Performance” section in Windows 10 that gives you a quick look at the active hardware specs, along with charts and information about how active they are.

To open the Task Manager, there are two keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + Shift + Escape
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del, and then click “Task Manager”in the selection

In addition, you can also find and open the Task Manager from the Start menu:

  • Open your Start menu
  • Tap / Search for “Task Manager”
  • Click on the result of the “Task Manager” app to open it

Once the Task manager is open, you should see a tab labeled “Performance” that you can click on. Under the Performance tab, you should see listings for the CPU, memory (also called RAM), hard drives, network connection(s), and graphics devices on the left, if relevant. When you click on a device, additional device information is displayed, as well as current activity information, such as how much CPU power or RAM your PC uses.

Using the Windows 10 System Information Tool

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Windows 10 includes a more robust tool called “System Information”, which allows you to get more detailed specification information. How to open the”System Information” tool:

  • Open your Start menu
  • Tap / Search for “System Information”
  • Click on the result of the “System Information” app to open it

The first page of the System Information tool is a detailed summary of your PC’s specifications, including detailed information about your operating system, processor, BIOS, motherboard, memory, and more. For more information, see the category tree in the left pane, specifically under Components. Some of the terms used in this tool may not match the terms you are familiar with, so here are some definitions to help you:

  • Processor = CPU
  • BaseBoard = Motherboard (Main Board)
  • Physical Memory = RAM
  • (In category tree) Display = Graphic device
  • (In category Components > Display) Name = Graphics card
  • (In the category tree, under Storage) Drives = The formatted sections of disk space where you store your files, such as C: and D:
  • (In the category tree, under Storage) Drives = The physical storage hardware in your computer that contains the formatted drives

Using Third-party Tools

There are a variety of solutions for monitoring PC specifications and performance, but two solid options that can provide a complete overview of your PC hardware and specification information are HWiNFO and Speccy.

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HWiNFO offers something similar to the “Performance” tab of the Windows 10 Task Manager and the “System Information” tool, but with more details. HWiNFO can tap into the various sensors in your PC to get a direct view of various hardware features, processor speeds and voltage settings.

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Speccy is generally the more user-friendly version of these two tools, providing a solid overview page with virtually all the hardware specification information you need for most applications and requirements. It has clickable links to different component sections for more detailed information if you need it.

Now that you are equipped with the knowledge of how to find your PC specifications, you can find out if he can run Doom or if you really need more RAM.

* Kevin Casper is a tech expert who knows his way around lectures, duct tape, and the role of an orc in every game.

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