Windows XP Tip: Viewing System Information
Basic information about your computer can be gathered a number of ways:
• Right click on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop and choose "Properties." Here you will find the Operating System version number and service pack level as well as the processor type and speed and installed memory.
• The same information can be gathered by typing sysdm.cpl in the Run Command dialog box.
• To find details on installed hardware type devmgmt.msc in the Run Command dialog box or select the "Hardware" tab, in the System Properties window mentioned earlier and select Device Manager.
• The Device Manager can also be accessed via the Computer Management console. To open the console type compmgmt.msc in the Run command dialog and select Device Manager.
• The Help and Support centre provides system information is a very neat format with links to deeper information about specific components. To get there open Help and Support (Start -> Help and Support). On the home page select the "Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems " link under the Pick a Task topic. Here you will find several links to detailed information about the status of hardware and software on the machine Explore!
• For more advanced system information type msinfo32 in the Run Command dialog box. This tool is invaluable from a troubleshooting perspective. Periodically save you system information (File -> Save) when the machine is working properly. This provides a baseline for comparison when problems occur. In addition, taking snap shots of the system yourself you can access a one month log of the hardware and software changes by viewing the System History. You can view changes by choosing View, System History. Choose a date and select a category Perfect troubleshooting tool if you want to know what someone else is doing with your box.
• If you want the command line version of the msinfo32 tool then systeminfo is your answer. Run the command systeminfo from a CMD prompt and you will get loads of information. Check out the systeminfo /? For more options. Note: this command is not available in Windows XP Home edition.