[Update] Speccy now supports Windows 8
In this tutorial we will look at a couple of ways to get your full system specs for your computer using a couple of programs. Note: Both of the programs above are free to use. We will also look at how to find out the make/ model and wattage of your PSU (Power Supply Unit)
Note: If you are going to use Speccy to help with an issue you are having and have been asked on a tech forum to supply your system specs; then Speccy will output this for you in a .speccy format containing all the relevant information. However, it will also output your Windows Product Key as well, which is something best not shown on open forums. The way to do this if you are going to post your specs to an open forum, is to go File>Post Snapshot. This will then create a URL address for you which will not show your Serial Number and is safe to Copy and Paste the URL to a forum. I’d like to thank user nikki605 on the Piriform forums for the tip.
The first one we will look at is called Speccy by Piriform. You can download it directly from here for free and then run it. Please note that during the install, you may be asked if you would either like to install the ASK Toolbar, or if you don’t have Chrome installed it may ask you id you wish to install Chrome. Uncheck these. The ASK Toolbar is of no use at all, and if you wish to install Chrome then do so at the official site (Fantastic browser by the way)
Once you have run it you will see the following window. The information in yours will be different of course.
It will gather information on the following areas:-
- Operating System
- Hard Drives
- Optical Drives
As you can see, it gives you a lot of information on your computer. Now if you need more detail on one specific area, for example your CPU, just click on CPU on the left and it will give you all the details you will need running from current temperatures to clock speeds and individual Core Speeds.
One of the great things I like about programs like these is that it can be very helpful for helping out a user on a forum in diagnosing an issue, like which drivers they require or look at the S.M.A.R.T details on their HDD to see if there are any indications of a problem, as all the details needed are wrapped up nicely into one program, rather that having to get bit and pieces of information via Windows, which isn’t great at getting this much detail for you. Now, if you wish to give someone your full specs, just do the following. Go to the top of the Speccy screen and do:
File>Save Snapshot and save the .speccy file to wherever you wish, like the desktop as it’s easier to locate. Then just zip the file and email it to the person helping you, or attach it to your next post in the tech forum you are asking for help in. Please note that by using the Save Snapshot function, your Windows Serial Number will also be shown. It is advisable to not show this number on public forums, so instead use File>Publish Snapshot instead. This will then create a URL address for you which will not show your Serial Number and is safe to Copy and Paste the URL to a forum.
Now, if you are the person trying to help the user, and you want to view the .speccy file they have sent in, you will first have to have Speccy installed onto your machine. Then open Speccy, let it generate the information (couple of seconds) and then go, File>Load Snapshot and browse to where you stored the other users .speccy file that you downloaded. This will then load the Speccy window with all their specs for you to browse, and hopefully let you help them out more.
Speccy is available for windows only.
Another program I like to use is CPU-Z
You can download CPU-Z here. Once you have run the program you will see the following screen.
As you can see the layout is pretty simple, but contain a lot of very useful information regarding the CPU, RAM and Motherboard details, which are great for diagnosing a system or just for general information.
Again, if you wish to send the information for someone to look over, go to the About tab and either click on Save Report (.TXT) or Save Report (.HTML). I personally prefer it saved as an HTML file as it makes it a lot easier to read.
CPU-Z is available for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 (x86 and x64) There is a separate installer available for Windows 98 on their home page. (right hand side)
Now you will also need to know what PSU you have in your system, especially if you have been asked for your system specs on a tech forum to assist in solving an issue. To do this you will first need to power off your computer and unplug it from the back of the machine. Now open the side of your computer and you will see the PSU in there. It will probably be located at the top rear of the machine as pictured below.
Get the information required from the sicker that will be attached to it. If there is no sticker, look for any other indications of the make, or take a picture of it.
As you can see on the sticker here belonging to my work computer the information required would be:
- Make: Powerman
- Model: IP-P300AJ3-1
- Wattage: 300W
That’s it, I hope this has been useful. Any questions, then please ask in the comments below.