How to View Computer Specifications

Check Computer Specifications
This site teaches you how to view your computer’s hardware specifications, such as the processor speed or amount of memory. It’s important to know things like your computer’s amount of RAM, processor speed, and storage capacity before upgrading to a new computer or downloading a processing-intensive application (e.g., a video game).

Method 1 of 3:Using System Information on Windows

1. Open Start

Open Start. Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The Start menu will pop up.

2. Open Settings

Open Settings. Click the gear-shaped icon in the bottom-left corner of the Start menu. This will open the Settings window.

3. Click System

Click System. This laptop-shaped icon is in the upper-left side of the window.

4. Click the About tab

Click the About tab. It’s in the lower-left corner of the window, though you may have to place your cursor on the left-hand sidebar and scroll down to see it.

5. Scroll down to the “Device specifications” heading

Scroll down to the “Device specifications” heading. This option is near the bottom of the page.

6. Review your computer’s specifications

Review your computer’s specifications. The “Device specifications” section contains information about your computer’s processor, RAM, and system type.

Method 2 of 3:Using Device Manager on Windows

1. Understand when to use Device Manager

Understand when to use Device Manager. If you want an advanced, in-depth list of all of the hardware that your computer uses, you can use Device Manager. This is useful when attempting to find out what type of proprietary hardware your computer uses.

2. Open the advanced Start menu

Open the advanced Start menu. Either right-click the Start, icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen or press ⊞ Win+X. You should see a pop-up menu appear on the left side of the screen.

3. Click Device Manager

Click Device Manager. It’s in the pop-up menu. Doing so opens the Device Manager window.

4. Find a hardware category to review

Find a hardware category to review. Scroll through the different categories of hardware until you find one that you want to open.

For example, if you wanted to find out more about your computer’s processor, you would double-click the Processors heading.
Depending on who built your computer, what you see in Device Manager may vary slightly.

5. Expand the hardware category

Expand the hardware category. Double-click the hardware category, or click the “expand”, icon to the left of the category. You should see at least one indented item appear below the category heading.
If you see a list of indented options below the hardware category, the category is already expanded.

6. Review the list of hardware components

Review the list of hardware components. Depending on your selected category, you may see anywhere from one hardware item to upward of 10; double-click an item to view its properties.
Make sure you don’t uninstall or disable anything in Device Manager without explicit instruction on how to do so, as accidental uninstallation can cause your computer to stop working.

Method 3 of 3:Using the Apple Menu on Mac

1. Click the Apple menu

Click the Apple menu. It’s the apple-shaped icon in the top-left corner of the screen.

2. Click About This Mac

Click About This Mac. This option is near the top of the drop-down Apple menu. Doing so will open the About This Mac window.

3. Review your Mac’s information

Review your Mac’s information. You’ll find information about your Mac’s processor, RAM, and graphics unit in the About This Mac window.

4. Click System Report…

Click System Report…. It’s at the bottom of the About This Mac window. This will open the System Report window.

5. Open the “Hardware” menu

Open the “Hardware” menu. Click the right-facing arrow to the left of the “Hardware” heading that’s in the left-hand pane of the System Report window.
If the arrow to the left of “Hardware” is facing down, the menu is already open.

6. Select a hardware item to check

Select a hardware item to check. You will see a list of your Mac’s hardware components below the Hardware heading; clicking on will display its specifications in the System Report window’s right-hand pane.

For example: if you want to check your graphics card’s model, click Graphics/Displays.
You’d click Memory to get a better look at your Mac’s RAM.
To view the processor’s specifications, click the Hardware heading.