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Here is how to find out some of the basic facts about what software and hardware is on your Windows computer.
Use the System Information Utility
If you want to know things such as how much RAM you have, what hardware and software are installed, and many other interesting details about your PC, you can use a Windows accessory called System Information. On most XP systems it can be found in Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools. Another way to open System Information is to enter “msinfo32″in Start-Run. Here is the procedure:
System Information opens in a two-pane view shown in the figure below. The left pane contains the entries “System Summary”, “Hardware Resources”, “Components”, and “Software Environment”. To see the details of any category except “System Summary”, click the (+) by its name to expand the list and then click a desired sub-category. The right pane will show the details.
Free Third-party System Information Utilities
There are also a number of free programs that provide considerably more details than the built-in application System Information. Such helpful additional information as license keys for software are given.
My own favorite is Belarc Advisor, which works on all current Windows versions, both 32-bit and 64-bit. However, when I installed it on Windows 7, I did get the message, “This software may not have installed correctly”, but there was not actually any problem.
I have also used System Information for Windows, which comes in a portable version. It works on Windows XP on up. However, the installer for this software is now being bundled with Open Candy. See Gizmo's article about Open Candy.
Another application to consider is Speccy, which comes from Piriform.
Go to the link Best Free System Information Utility for more details on this type of application.
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