The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen

Knowing what hardware is installed in your PC can be both useful and educational.  The former because it will help you ensure that you always have the correct drivers installed.  The latter because, frankly, you'd be amazed at just how many components make up a PC nowadays and it's fascinating to understand how they all work together.
While there are many software products which aim to interrogate the hardware in your PC and tell you what they find, HWInfo takes the whole thing to another level and shows you the components in astonishing detail.   It's a really useful tool, for yourself and also for whenever you're called upon to troubleshoot someone else's computer.
You'll find HWInfo at and it's available for all recent versions of Windows.  The file is a download of around 3 MB and the program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.  I chose to use the portable version, though there's an instalable version if you prefer.  
HWInfo is, of course, completely free to download and use.

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Another good suggestion. I picked up Speccy, from a recent Gizmo's article, and it gave me a wonderful way to copy and paste what I was using for purposes I will not go into. I will try this.
Thank you!
I see the Linux enthusiasts are having a go at Gizmos, but cannot find the forum. FFS, folks, surely you can make your way to the Linux forum? It's great, I read it often, and it sounds like you all could really make a statement there. Give it a go, right?

Injecting other thoughts into a discussion shouldn't be an issue. In fact, letting Windows or Mac users know that there are alternatives ought to be encouraged. If they don't have the curiosity to read the Linux sections, they won't ever know that it's evolved to this usable level.

Btw, HWInfo is a good Windows freeware in the same vein as Everest/AIDA & I appreciate a small program which does the job well. How's that? :)

Discussion isn't the issue at all. However, if it takes the focus away from the main topic, then it's an issue. As I said earlier, for proper discussion, we have a forum in place... all are welcome there. But again, it has to be done properly, in the proper section.

Great donationware product that was originally a paid product for a decade. Kudos to the developer for releasing it for free in 2008.

FYI, is cross-linked with, another useful system information program.

Good discussion about Linux guys, but, if you notice, you are taking all attention away from the software in the article, which should be the focus of attention in the comments, or about similar software.

This is getting to be some kind of a regular theme now.

I will request the Linux enthusiasts to please refrain from posting about Linux on Windows articles. Yes, I get it, Linux is great, and I would like Linux to be more widely used, and you want to tell about Linux to everyone, but please do so in the proper manner.

If you would like the staff here to post articles about Linux too, please post such a suggestion in the forum.

If you want to discuss about Linux, again, please do so in the forum in the appropriate area. We welcome discussion, in the right place.

I hope you will appreciate, and thanks for your time, and consideration.

Delete all the Linux comments because they are unrelated to the article.

I used Linux Mint (almost) exclusively for 2 1/2 years. I love Linux, especially Mint. However, my work requires me to use MS Word, and the equivalents in Linux just don't cut it - e.g., Track Changes, indispensable for me and my clients, is horribly broken in LibreOffice Writer. I also must use Adobe products - Photoshop and Lightroom with the wonderful Perfectly Clear plugin; and I can't live without Photo Ninja. I've often thought that a breakout word processor for Linux would make the platform more attractive. I mean a REAL WORD PROCESSOR, not a secretary's dumbed-down document formatter like Word or LibreOffice Writer. But then, anything really good in Linux often gets immediately ported to Windows; who can blame the devs for looking to serve a much larger market. So I do agree, Linux and Mint are terrific - for those who can afford to use them.

Why no love for Linux?

M$ is becoming ever more intrusive & demanding. The forcing of the 10 update, the subscription of Office, the accumulation of your data unless you know where to turn it all off...

I want to know why more people aren't running Linux Mint?

I tried Linux (Ubuntu, I think) a couple of years ago and it disconnected Windows from the internet by disabling the modem. It did this repeatedly and, as I need Windows to run particular software, I dumped Linux, with no intention to try it again. I'm not sure I'm very enthusiastic about Windows 10, but I do need to run Windows something, so it'll have to do.

Because Linux is not for the novice or general public.
Even after so many years Linux can't get past MacOS, forget about Windows.
People want an Operating system so that they can play games or make a living or do business.People are ready to pay for Mac but Linux is free and nobody is interested in it.
Linux is for Geeks, for people who are comfortable typing commands on Terminal. Unless Linux community start thinking like novice users they can't become popular.

You must be living about 20 or so years in the past?

Linux has matured immensely. Being open-source (free) doesn't denote inferiority, it says that it is an open project.

Obviously, a free product doesn't pay to advertise, it relies on it's user-base to do that. Some OEM's offer Linux OS, but I feel they don't do enough to support their own versions.

I'm not exactly a long-term PC person- my 1st PC was a Dell in 2000-- yet I found Linux in that same time frame & eventually gravitated towards it. Today, I run Mint exclusively (I'm typing via this right now) & since 2009. It's really quite amazing & I especially enjoy the lack of virus issues, the smaller program sizes, Steam games run faster than in Windows, the Wine emulator program let's me run Windows-only programs. It's truly remarkable.

RE: the terminal (command line in Windows)- I used to feel as you, "why not use a GUI"? Until I found that there were a few things that, even though they had a GUI to implement, sometimes a very short terminal command did the same trick faster (because it's not invoking more to do the same job). This is NOT a drawback, but a very cool feature, indeed. You CAN use an icon, BUT you don't HAVE TO.

My favorite thing about open-source is being able to donate directly to the programs I test & keep. That helps to keep it updated & active.

In closing, I'd say give a few of the top distros a shot before issuing patently untrue, blanket-statements. You may find yourself someday a convert.

Linux has matured immensely
An OS with 2% market share is surely mature.

You don't build "market share" when you don't advertise & aren't attempting to become a monolithic-monopoly, I suppose? Never mind that Linux underpins quite a lot more than most people realize. I've personally installed it to probably hundreds of XP computers so far, for our local seniors, & they've been quite happy.

To each, their own. Some prefer to follow the pack & that's fine, too.


Well said.

I guess ignorance must be bliss because I use Linux for business (as do most of the business community) and pleasure, including games, and have very little need to use a terminal and when I do it's usually a matter of copy/paste using something already documented in one of the forums. Over the past several years I've installed countless different Linux distros for "novice" users fed up with Windows, its malware, time consuming updates and restrictive practices and the majority are more than happy with this solution. Just as an example, and by no way my preferred system, but any novice can wipe Windows and install Linux Mint taking 20 minutes of their time and then have a fully operational, and safe, system complete with most of the apps they will ever need fully installed and ready to use. It is the power of marketing that keeps the "other" operating systems to the forefront and the same reason why we all use deodorant and insist on ordering latte to impress our "friends" instead of that boring old regular coffee. Even so, I'm more than happy for Windows to retain its dominance in the market place so the better system I use and enjoy does not become more of a target for the malware coders and commercial marketeers. MC - Site Manager.

Much of the information is certain to be beyond my comprehension since I am not tech savvy but the screenshot presentations are so professionally done that I just can't resist this tool.