Throughout my online travels I have come across a number of free programs whose goal is to provide a system’s overview. CPU-Z and PC Wizard, created by CPUID, are two of the most popular. However, recently I have come across one which seems even better: Speccy.
Speccy is an advanced system information tool designed by the same company responsible for the well known, and well liked, CCleaner (used to clean your computer), Defraggler (used to defragment your disk), and Recuva (used to recover deleted files). Basically, Speccy provides any information you would ever want to know about your PC in a simple, easy to use, interface.
Want to know what version of Windows you are running, when it was installed, and what your serial number is? Speccy has it! Want to know who manufactured your hard drive, what type of interface it uses, and what its current temperature is? Speccy has that too! In fact Speccy provides a succinct array of information on all of your computer’s most important parts: the CPU, RAM, graphics card, audio card, network card, and peripherals.
Not only does this fantastic little program provide you with a summary of a system’s components; it can also save a snapshot of this information This feature is valuable for both the computer novice as well as the computer repair man. Average computer users can take a snapshot before they take their computer in for repair to make sure their system isn’t modified in any way. Meanwhile, computer repair specialists can verify that they have, in no way, modified the system which they have been working on.
So enough about Speccy’s features and advantages; how does one setup and use it? Start off by going to the Speccy homepage and downloading the free application. Once it has been downloaded to your PC, install it and then run it. As soon as the program begins it analyzes your system and quickly fills in all of the information slots. From here you can select the appropriate menu item (located on the left side of the screen) depending upon which computer component you are interested in learning more about. Now, if you are ever interested in saving a snapshot simply go to the “file” menu and select “Save Snapshot”. The same goes if you wish to view a preexisting snapshot; simply go to the “file” menu and select “Load Snapshot”.
Next time you need some basic, or not so basic, computer information, go ahead and grab Speccy. Trust me; it’ll do most of the work for you!