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How To Use The Windows System Information Utility

The Windows System Information utility collects information about your computer and then displays it in an organized menu format. Thus, you can see a detailed listing of your system's configuration and also your system's components. A phone support technician may need this information to help you resolve a problem. Therefore, this technical brief is a general overview of the Windows System Information utility.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse over the All Programs icon to display all Start Menu folders.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, move your mouse over the Programs folder instead.
  4. Now, move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  5. Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
  6. Now click on the System Information icon to launch the System Information Program.
  7. The System Information utility will open and default to the System Summary Screen.
  8. And details are provided for your Operating System, Microprocessor, System Memory etc.
  9. Windows 98 displays the basics while Windows ME and XP will provide extensive information.
  10. And you can also browse the Subcategories such as Hardware Resources and Components etc.
  11. Simply click on the plus sign [+] next to each Subcategory to view the contents listed within.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse onto the Programs menu folder until it expands.
  3. Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  4. Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
  5. Now click on the System Information icon to launch the System Information Program.
  6. The System Information utility will open and default to the System Summary Screen.
  7. And details are provided for your Operating System, Microprocessor, System Memory etc.
  8. Windows 98 displays the basics while Windows ME and XP will provide extensive information.
  9. And you can also browse the Subcategories such as Hardware Resources and Components etc.
  10. Simply click on the plus sign [+] next to each Subcategory to view the contents listed within.

General Overview

The Hardware Resources category displays information regarding your system's hardware resource assignments and it is here where you can find out if there are any hardware components with resource conflicts. It also provides information regarding DMA (Direct Memory Access) assignments, Forced Hardware settings that are enabled, Input/Output Assignments, IRQs settings and Memory resources.

The Components category displays information regarding the hardware components that are physically installed in your system. A few examples would be your CD Rom Drive, Sound Card, Display adapter, Modem, Network Card, Communication Ports, Hard Drive storage information and USB ports etc.

The Software Environment category displays information about your system's software configuration. It is here where you can see what system software drivers are installed, what environment variables are set for your system and what tasks are currently running in the background etc.

The Internet Explorer Settings category for Windows 98 and Windows Millennium, which has been renamed to just the Internet Settings category for Windows XP, displays information about your Internet configurations. It is here where you can see what version of Internet Explorer is running on your system, what Internet Explorer file versions are being used, what internet connection method you are using etc. And this category will only be available for Windows 98 if you have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher installed in your system.

And the last category for Windows Millennium and Windows XP more or less displays information about the Microsoft Office applications that are installed on your system etc.

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