System information is data about your computer’s hardware and software configuration. It includes information about the type of operating system installed, the amount of RAM and disk space available, the type of processor and other hardware components, as well as the version of any software programs installed.
There are several different ways to access system information on Windows and Mac computers.
On Windows computers:
1. Right-click on the Start button and select “System”. This will open the System window and displays information such as the version of Windows installed, the computer name, and the type of processor and memory installed.
2. Type “msinfo32” in the Start menu search box and press Enter. This will open the Microsoft System Information program, which provides more detailed information about the system configuration, including software versions and hardware details.
3. In the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), select the Performance tab. This will open the Performance Monitor, which displays detailed information about the processor, memory, disk, and networking activity.
4. Open the Device Manager by typing “devmgmt.msc” in the Start menu search box. This will provide information about the device drivers installed, as well as the devices connected to your computer.
On Mac computers:
1. Open the Apple menu and select “About This Mac”. This will open a window that displays system information such as the version of macOS installed, the processor type and speed, and the current amount of RAM and storage space.
2. Open the Apple menu again and select “System Information…”. This will open the System Information application, which provides more detailed information about the system configuration, including hardware and software versions.
3. In the Terminal (Applications > Utilities) type the command “system_profiler”, then press Return. This will open the System Profiler application, which provides even more detailed information about the system configuration.
4. In the Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) select the Memory, CPU, or Disk tabs. This will open a monitor that displays detailed information about the current memory, processor, and disk usage.
Accessing system information is important for troubleshooting, hardware and software upgrades, and performing consistent maintenance on your computer. Being able to view and understand this information can help you better manage your computer and ensure optimal performance.