Most of the time you can get by without know exactly what's inside your computer box. It just works. Until it doesn't… and then you need to know exactly what you've got. When you need to troubleshoot a problematic component, then you need to know what that component is.

On Windows 10 you can check your system information, including BIOS detail, computer model, processor, hard drive, graphics, operating system, and other specifications in a number of ways. Depending on the tool you use, the information available will be slightly different.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to view the complete system information of your computer.

How to check system information using Settings app

If you're looking to get a basic overview of your system configuration, the Settings app can provide various pieces of information about your hardware and software.

To see basic system information using the Settings app, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on About.

In this settings page, you'll find the exact version of Windows 10 and build number, which increments every time Microsoft releases a cumulative update or feature update (e.g., Windows 10 Anniversary Update).

You can also see the system type, exact processor, and memory installed on your system.

Quick Tip: Similar information can be found on Control Panel > System.

How to check system information using System Information

System Information is not exactly a new tool on Windows 10, but it's still one of the best tools you can use to view the complete system specifications of your PC.

To open the System Information, do the following:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for msinfo32 or System Information and press Enter.

Whatever hardware is on your computer, chances are that you'll be able to find it in System Information. As you open the tool, you'll see the System Summary, which includes information like system model, system type, processor, BIOS information and last firmware update date, and installed memory.

The graphics card information isn't available in the System Summary, but if it's something you want to find out, you can quickly view this information by expanding Components and selecting Display.

Alternatively, you can use the search box to find the information you need, but just remember to be specific, as this is not your typical search on Google or Bing.

How to generate a complete system information report

One interesting feature about System Information is the ability to create a report with your entire system specifications. This is particularly useful if you run into a hardware failure and the computer won't boot; if you've run a complete report and stored it up on OneDrive it'll still be accessible so you know what all is inside your computer, even if the computer itself can't tell you anymore.

To generate a report, do the following:

  1. Open System Information.
  2. Select the information you want to export. For example, if you select System Summary, you'll be exporting every piece of information. However, if you only want to export your computer's graphic card details, you can simply select Display.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Click on Export.
  5. Browse the location to save the file.

    Note: It would be probably a good idea to save this information on OneDrive or on an external drive in case your can't boot your computer and you need to get to this information.

  6. Enter a descriptive name and click Save to complete the task.

The report is a text file that you can open with any text viewer, even on your phone.

How to check system information using Command Prompt

You can also use systeminfo.exe, which is a command-line tool that allows you to get a great deal of information about your system. This tool will even tell you when the operating system was installed!

To see your system information using this utility, do the following:

  1. Open the Start menu and do a search for Command Prompt.
  2. Right-click the result and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:


Once you run the command, you'll get detailed configuration about the hardware and operating system, including Windows and update information, architecture, BIOS version, memory and network adapter details, and other pieces of information.

Quick Tip: For additional help using the utility, you can run the systeminfo /? command.

Which tool do you do prefer to learn more about your system specifications on Windows 10? Tell us in the comments below.

More Windows 10 resources

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