If you’ve just purchased a brand new laptop or assembled a cool desktop with water cooling or LEDs, it’s quite important to the components of your personal computer. Maybe you have to troubleshoot a problem or installing new software but aren’t sure if the configuration fits the software’s needs or even thinking of upgrading your age-old hardware, knowing what your PC is built of might come in handy. It also helps you update some drivers, upgrading your PC, or God forbid, replacing dead chips. Windows 10 gives you plenty of options to check your device specifications, be it the BIOS, model number, graphics, or OS version, etc. This step-by-step guide will elaborate on every possible option that will lead you to the specifications of your personal computer. So, what are you waiting for, let’s take the proverbial jump!
How to check your PC’s Specifications on Windows 10
The methods are in order that goes from simple to a bit complex, but the more perplex a technique is, the more information you will get about your PC.
Method 1: System Properties
This is a very simple process to get the info on your PC specs. Press Windows Logo + X and the Quick Access Menu will be opened. Select System.
Or press the Start menu and click on the Settings icon, which resembles a gear shape.
When the Settings option is on your screen, click on System.
Click on About. Here you’ll see the basic information of your PC is displayed. You can jump to Windows Security or Rename your PC in this section.
Method 2: System Information
This tool has been around for a long time and it’s heck easy to summon it up. Open the Start menu and search for System Information.
Or, press Windows Logo + R to activate the Run tool. Type msinfo32 in the search box and press OK.
Once the System Information is on your screen, select System Summary on the left pane.
You will get all the information there is about your personal computer.
There are even sub-categories to explore. The three underlined sections are the main categories which expand to give you more intel.
Method 3: Control Panel
This is the first option people usually go for, after all, the Control Panel was the only option before Windows 10 gave us an amazing Settings tab, now considered the hub for everything. Press the Start button on your keyboard and search for Control Panel. Click on the first search result.
Click on the System and Security option in Control Panel.
Under System and Security, select System.
A new window will open, giving you brief data of your system. It’s not detailed but it’s sufficient for people who aren’t tech enthusiasts. You can jump to any of the options you see in the screenshot below.
Method 4: Command Prompt
Open the Start menu and search for Command Prompt. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
Grant the permission by clicking on Yes. Type the command systeminfo and press Enter. It will take a few seconds to load the entire data. You’ll see a huge list pertaining to the system information of your computer.
Method 5: PowerShell
PowerShell is a, well, powerful option that gives you full specifications of your device hardware and OS. Open the Start menu and search for PowerShell and right-click on it. Select Run as administrator. Give permission by selecting Yes.
Or simply press Windows Logo + X to summon the Quick Access Menu. Select the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option.
After it’s opened, type the command Get-ComputerInfo and press Enter.
The command will be processed for a few seconds and will give you detailed information about all the components of your PC.
Method 6: DXDiag
DXDiag is a DirectX diagnostic tool that will provide more detailed information about your display and graphics card. To use this option, fire up the Start menu, type dxdiag and hit Enter. When opened, you’ll see a barrage of information on all the components of your PC.
While System gave overall information regarding your PC, exploring other tabs will get you more specific information. Just click on the Next Page, or directly click the tabs displayed above.
As you can see under the Display tab, various information is given about the display of your personal computer. The Notes section shows errors if it has any.
Method 7: Driver Easy/CPU-Z
These are a few third-party apps that give you system data in a detailed format. Download Driver Easy or CPU-Z and install them. You can install either software or both of them. After installing Driver Easy, open the app and navigate to Hardware.
If you encounter an Access Denied pop-up, grant the permission by clicking on Continue.
You can see detailed information about the components in your PC. Overview sumps up the overall system but you can click on any other tab for specific information.
CPU-Z is also relatively simple. Open it after installing. Apart from System Information, this is the only app that gives you more detailed data of your specifications than any other methods mentioned in this article. Browse through tabs and get to know your PC’s components the technical way.
There are more than 6 methods to check your PC’s Specifications on a Windows 10 PC. We hope you get all the information you want with the options and techniques outlined above. Try all the methods and see which one suits you, if you are someone who always checks their PC’s specifications.