It's a good idea to check your existing hardware, before you buy a new component. This way, you can make sure that the new part is compatible with the system. Some users may know their systems in and out, others may need to look up information, e.g. when installing more RAM or replacing the processor.
What RAM do I have in each slot? What's the CPU socket type? Which BIOS version do I have? It's not always easy to get such details without using a third-party program.
GFXplorer is a freeware tool that displays your system information in a user-friendly manner. The program takes a few seconds to start, as it detects the computer's hardware and operating system information.
The application has a tabbed interface. The first tab labeled "Windows", displays the version of the operating system your computer is running, the build number, installation date, and system architecture.
GFXplorer shows you the location of the Page file, the total virtual memory available and the currently used amount. It also lists the .NET framework and DirectX version installed on the computer.
Click on the System Folders menu to view the location of the operating system's. These include Windows, Desktop, Programs, My Documents, Favorites, Startup, Recent, SendTo, Start Menu, My Music, My Pictures, AppData, System32, Program Files, etc. This option is useful in case you have moved some folders to a different drive.
The second tab in GFXplorer lists the technical information regarding your processor, its clock speed, socket type, cores, cache memory. Click on the arrow icon in the CPU section to search for your processor on the manufacturer's (Intel or AMD). The RAM section displays the total memory and the current free memory that's available for use. The drop down menu lists each memory chip that you have installed on the computer.
The Motherboard and BIOS information are displayed in the final section of this tab. Use the information to check your RAM type, CPU type and socket, BIOS version and decide if you need to buy new memory, upgrade the processor or flash a different BIOS from the manufacturer.
This tab is handy for viewing your graphics card model (integrated or external), the GPU driver version, the audio adapter. It can also be used to obtain your monitor's information with the resolution (supports multiple monitors).
Have multiple drives installed on the computer? Find out their model number, the partition type, total capacity, free space from this tab. In case of SSDs, GFXplorer also displays the firmware version.
The tools section is an added bonus. It's a collection of shortcuts for Window's built-in tools like the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, System, Registry Editor, WinVer, Malware Removal Tool, Problems Steps Recorder, Display, Computer Management, Disk Cleanup, Event Viewer, Performance Monitor, Local User and Groups manager, Shared Folders, Task Scheduler, Disk Management, and Services.
You don't need to have the program running in the background, use it only when you want to view your system information. Or, you could hit the Export button in the bottom left corner of the GFXplorer window, to save a report about your computer in plain text (.TXT) format that you can use as a reference document.
The program is available in a portable version that weighs about 350KB when extracted. Though it doesn't have any monitoring tools, GFXplorer offers a straightforward way to view key system information.
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