If you use a desktop, laptop, or tablet, understanding the components inside your PC and your OS information can come in handy. For example, if you're about to install a piece of software, but you're not sure if it'll run with your system configuration. When the device stops working, and you need to troubleshoot the problem. Or you're noticing system performance issues, and you want to check if the hardware is ready for an upgrade.

On Windows 10, you can check your device specifications, including Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware, model number, processor, memory, drive, graphics, OS version and updates in a number of ways. However, depending on the method you use, the properties available will be slightly different.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to find the full list of your device hardware and software specifications.

How to check system information using Settings

If you only need to check some of the basic specs, such as the processor, memory, and the current version of Windows 10, you can use the Settings app to view this information using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on About.
  4. See the "Device specifications" and "Windows specifications" sections.

In the Device specifications section, you can find the device name, processor, installed memory, system architecture, and if the computer includes support for a stylus.

Also, in the Windows specifications section, you can check the edition of Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Enterprise, or Education), version number, the date when the feature update was installed, and the current build number (the number after the period indicates the quality update version).

How to check system information using System Information

You can also use the System Information tool, which has been around for a long time and is one of the best ways to get a complete overview of your PC specifications.

To view all the computer specifications, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for System Information and click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Select the System Summary category from the left pane.

While in the System Summary view, you can find out information, such as system model, system type, processor, BIOS or UEFI details, including the last firmware update date, and installed memory.

However, in the summary you won't find the graphics card information. If you need this information, you can find it under Components > Display.

If you're looking for a specific property detail, the System Information tool offers a search option at the bottom of the page to quickly find the information you need.

Creating a system specification report

Another useful feature using System Information is the ability to create a full report of your computer specifications.

To create a report of your system specifications, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for System Information and click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Select the specifications you want to export.

    Quick tip: Selecting System Summary will export everything, but if you only need to export the graphics card details, you can simply select Display.

  4. Click on the File menu.
  5. Click the Export option.

  6. Select the location to save the file.
  7. Type a descriptive name for the report.
  8. Click the Save button.

After completing these steps, the report will be saved into a text file, which you can then open with any text editor.

How to check system information using Command Prompt

Alternatively, you can also use the System Information tool with Command Prompt, which allows you to view even more details about your computer.

To see the full specifications of your computer with the SystemInfo command tool, use the steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:

    systeminfo

    Quick tip: You can also run the systeminfo /? command to see the available options using this tool with Command Prompt.

Once you complete the steps, the command output will display all the information about the hardware and software of your device, including details like Windows 10 and update information, system architecture, BIOS or UEFI firmware, RAM and network details.

How to check system information using PowerShell

In addition to the options outlined above, you can also use PowerShell to check the full specifications of your device hardware and OS using these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:

    Get-ComputerInfo

    Quick tip: If you only need to check certain pieces of information, you can append the -Property flag followed by the property that you want to see. For instance, using the Get-ComputerInfo -Property "bios*" will list everything regarding the device BIOS information.

After you complete these steps, the PowerShell command will output a full list of the OS and hardware information.

If you want to save the output of the PowerShell or Command Prompt commands to a text file, you can use this guide.

Updated March 28, 2019: We revised this guide to make sure it's current with the latest version of Windows 10.

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