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Chapter 19. Maintenance & Troubleshooting > Getting System Information

Getting System Information

System Information compiles and reports information about your PC’s hardware, drivers, system resources, and internet settings. This overview saves you from visiting scores of Control Panel dialog boxes to see how your PC is configured. You can find information quickly to give to a techie who’s trouble-shooting your system.

To display system data

1.
Choose Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information.

2.
Use the Explorer-like tree to display information in the various categories (Figure 19.8):

Hardware Resources displays hardware settings, such as IRQs and memory addresses. The Conflicts/Sharing view identifies devices that are sharing resources or are in conflict.

Components displays Windows configuration information for device drivers, as well as networking and multimedia software.

Software Environment displays a snapshot of the software loaded into computer memory. Use this information to see whether a process is still running or to check version information.

Internet Settings displays browser-related security, connection, and version data.

Figure 19.8. To find system data, type a search phrase in the Find What box at the bottom of the window; check the appropriate search-option boxes; then click Find.



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