Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Windows System Tools

These are useful tools which will tell you all you need to know about your Windows system:


    Start > Run > msinfo32
    System information.
    You will need to have the 'Help and Support' service enabled

    Start > Run > devmgmt.msc
    Displays your hardware devices which you can choose to update or uninstall

    Start > Run > dxdiag
    The most useful function for DXDiag is its ability to create a text file with all your major system information, including your main hardware specifications, driver files, and environmental settings.

    Start > Run > msconfig
    Allows you to select which programs are automatically launched when your computer first starts up. Also allows you to stop/start services.

    Start > Run > regedit
    Launches the Registry Editor. The Registry contains information that Windows continually references during operation, such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer and the types of documents that each can create, property sheet settings for folders and application icons, what hardware exists on the system, and the ports that are being used.

  • System Information for Windows
    SIW is the System Information for Windows tool which can be downloaded from the SIW Website. "Everything you want to know about your computer."

  • CPU-Z
    You can download CPU-Z from the CPU-Z Website. Provides you with everything you need to know about your CPU, such as its name/number, core stepping, package, voltage, cache information etc. It will also tell you about your system's current Bus speed under the CPU tab, your full motherboard details under the Motherboard tab, and your RAM's complete details under the Memory and SPD tabs. Note that for information to appear under the SPD tab you will have to first select the slot(s) on the motherboard that your RAM stick(s) occupy, otherwise the box will be empty.

    You can download the Nero Disk InfoTool Utility from the CD Speed Website. It is a utility which analyses and displays the most important information about a drive, disc, configuration and software. The information can also be printed or saved to a text file.

  • JDiskReport
    You can download it from JGoodies. Illustrates with the help of graphs, how much space the files and directories consume on your disk drives and it helps you find where space is being used up.

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