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How to Check PC Specs with Windows 10 System Information, PowerShell, and More

We show you how to see your computer specs via Windows 10's in-built tools, as well as Speccy and Belarc advisor.


For numerous reasons, it's a good idea to know how to check PC specs, whether you're planning an upgrade, need a repair, or want to know if you can run a game. Ideally, you should even have these noted down physically or in the cloud in case your hardware fails and you can't access the computer to check.

Checking system specs: There are different methods

If your computer at least boots, there are several ways to find your system spec in , from the system information tool to PowerShell, Command Prompt, and third-party tools. As not every method shows the same types and details of system specs, it´s good to always have some alternatives at hand.

We're going to show you how to check PC specs with various ways and find information about your computer that you wouldn't be able to otherwise. A quick PC hardware check should only take a few minutes but can save you a lot of hassle down the line.

How to Check PC Specs via About your PC

The most user friendly (though not the most verbose) way to check your specs is via the About your PC interface.

  1. Open system settings

    Press “Windows”, then type “About your PC”. Click the top result.

    Windows 10 - Search - About your PC

  2. Note down your computer specs

    Your PC hardware info can be found under the “Device specifications” heading, while your Windows install details are under “Windows specifications”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - About your PC

How to Check Computer Specs via Windows 10 System Information

Another easy way to check your specs is via the Windows 10 System Information tool, which offers a little more detail, but still keeps it relatively simple.

  1. Open Windows 10 System Information

    Press the “Start” button, then type “System Information”. Click the top result.

    Windows 10 - Open System Information

  2. Check PC specs via the system summary

    In the default “System summary” view, you'll see an overview of your PC stats, including hardware info such as installed RAM, processor, OS name and version, and motherboard.

    Windows 10 - System Information - Summary

  3. View your GPU specs

    You'll notice that your graphics hardware info doesn't show in the system summary screen. For that, you need to maximize the “Components” heading, then click on “Display”. You'll see your graphics card information in the main pane. You also find more information about your GPU via our dedicated GPU check guide.

    Windows 10 - System Information - Components

How to Check Computer Specs via Device Manager

Though it's a bit more unconventional, you can also use Device Manager as a spec checker.

  1. Open Device Manager

    Press “Windows + X”, then click “Device Manager”.

    Windows 10 - Open Device Manager

  2. View your system spec

    You can view all of the hardware attached to your system in device manager by expanding the headings. As long as they have the correct drivers, you'll see the correct name for your microphone, speakers, displays, drives, CPU, sound cards, and more. Your CPU clock speeds will also be displayed, but your RAM speed won't. For that, follow our guide.

    Windows 10 - Device Manager - Devices

How to See Computer Specs and Check Processor via PowerShell

If you don't have access to your system GUI, for example if you're repairing your PC with installation media, you can use PowerShell to find your specs.

  1. Open PowerShell

    Press “Windows +X” and click “Windows PowerShell (Administrator)”.

    Windows 10 - Open PowerShell

  2. Enter the PowerShell system info command

    Type Get-ComputerInfo and press “Enter”. It will return all of your system specifications, from the Windows version to Bios data.

    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - Get-Computerinfo

  3. How to check CPU specs with the the PowerShell system info command

    Alternatively, you can query a specific piece of system information, such as your processor details or bios info, by adding the -Property attribute followed by the hardware information you need, in quotes and asterisks. For example:

    Get-ComputerInfo -Property "*processor*"

    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - Get-Computerinfo -Property

How to Get System Specifications via the System Info CMD command

If you don't have access to or aren't familiar with PowerShell, you can also use a system info cmd command to return similar information.

  1. Open Command Prompt

    Press “Windows”, then type “cmd”. Click “Run as administrator” to open it.

    Windows 10 - Open CMD admin

  2. Enter the system info cmd command

    In CMD type systeminfo and press enter. It will return a full list of your hardware info, much the same as the system information app.

    Windows 10 - CMD admin - systeminfo

How to See PC Specs with Belarc Advisor

While 's in-built tools do a serviceable job, third-party applications can give more detailed readouts in an easily shareable readout. One popular solution in that regard is Belarc Advisor, which is free for personal home use. After running it, you can follow the instructions below to see your full PC info.

  1. Check for new security definitions

    One major benefit to Belarc is that it will automatically check your PC to see if you have any missing security definitions that could affect the safety of your device. On first start, it'll ask if you'd like to check for these definitions. Tick “Remember this choice and don't ask me again”, then press “Yes”.

    Windows 10 - Belarc Advisor

  2. Wait for the local network check

    Belarc will scan the local network for relevant information. It's up to you if you want to skip the step or wait for it to complete, but it shouldn't take long at all.

    Windows 10 - Belarc Advisor Scan

  3. Check your system information report

    Belarc Advisor will open its report in your default browser after saving a .html file to your install folder. The readout will include information like your OS build and localization; processor model, memory caches, and cores; available space on each drive; and RAM information and even the Windows 10 product key and other serial numbers of installed third party software.

    Windows 10 - Belarc Advisor System Specs Report

  4. Check GPU specs, users, and internet adaptors

    Scrolling down will net you further information, including the local user accounts and their last login date, printers and their port, GPU/display adaptors, webcams, virus protection and definition version, and network adaptors. Some of this information can be a pain to get to with default windows tools, so it may we worth uploading the .html file or some screenshots to the cloud for safekeeping.

    Windows 10 - Belarc Advisor System Specs Report - Peripherals

How to See Your Computer Specs with Speccy

While some third-party programs have Microsoft beat in the information provided, others do so while being more user-friendly and readable. Speccy provides much of the same information as Belarc Advisor, but displays it in an icon-based user-friendly readout.

  1. View your Windows configuration and specs with Speccy

    After installation, Speccy will open to a summary of your PC which includes the operating system; processor model and clock speed; RAM; motherboard model; graphics card and monitor models; storage devices; audio devices; and more. Handily, it also displays the temperature of each device next to its name.

    Windows 10 - Speccy - Summary

  2. Check your detailed system info

    Move down the column on the left-hand side for more detailed PC info. The graphics section, for example, shows model, resolution, device ID, current clock, and driver version.

    Windows 10 - Speccy - Detailed System Specs

Extra: How to Check Which Graphics Card You Have

Regardless of if you're planning an upgrade or checking if your PC makes a game's system requirements, it's useful to know how to check a graphics card on Windows. Though users often turn to third-party tools to so, there are also plenty of ways to perform a graphics card check via Windows tools, as we show in our other tutorial.
How to find graphics card information on a Windows 10 PC

Extra: How to Check What Processor / CPU Is in Your PC

The Processor, commonly known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit) in any computing system, is the main chip designed to accept and execute instructions and produce a result for a specific purpose. If you want to know what Processor you have in your PC, check out our other guide.
Featured - How to Check What Processor or CPU is in Windows PC

Extra: How to Check RAM Type, Speed and Size on Windows

Whether you're planning an upgrade, tuning CPU timings, or just curious, it's handy to know information about your RAM. However, with old methods not being as user-friendly, many are left wondering how to check RAM speed on Windows and find information like its size and type. In our other guide, we show you how to check RAM speed, type, and size using several built-in Windows tools. You can then decide what method works best for you if you want to check hardware information in the future.
How to Determine System Memory Size, Speed, and Type in Windows 10

Extra: How to Check Your Motherboard Model Information on Windows

Have you ever asked how to check the motherboard model in Windows? How to find the motherboard serial number? Our tutorial will show you 3 simple methods for checking your motherboard model and related information on Windows.

Extra: How to Check Your Windows Version, Edition and Build Number

Understanding the version of your Windows operating system is crucial for a variety of reasons, such as installing new programs, troubleshooting, and ensuring you have the latest security updates. In our other guide, we show you how to find your Windows version, edition and exact build number with various internal tools.
Featured - How to Check Your Windows Version


Last Updated on December 12, 2023 6:01 pm CET

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.
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