What kind of computer do I have? What CPU my personal computer is using? How many cores are there in my CPU? What is my system configuration? If you have such questions that keep coming into your mind and want to get complete information about your device, this guide would be a beneficial resource for you.
We will be discussing the eight methods in this article through which you can get information about your computer. These methods generally work on most of the Windows OS versions from 7 to 10/11.
8 Methods: What Kind of Computer Do I Have?
1) Using WMIC Tool
Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) tool is generally used to manage Microsoft Windows computers. This tool was initially designed to run on Windows XP Professional or Windows 2003. Still, you can use it to get the complete information on your current system no matter what windows version you have installed on your PC.
You can get the full information on WMIC tool global switches, which can be run on most Operating Systems like Windows 10/11 and server versions. Our primary goal is to get the system information through WMIC Instructions.
- Type the Windows+R button to open Run a program/application console
- Type cmd in the textbox & type enter key.
- Now one new black popup window of command prompt will be displayed on the desktop
- Now type the following commands to get information about the CPU
wmic CPU list full
- Once you type enter key, you will get the information output in different fields from address width to voltage caps, giving you complete information about the CPU your system is running on.
- You can get complete information about physical memory using the below command
wmic memorychip list full
- Likewise, you can get the information about the motherboard of your personal computer using the below command
wmic baseboard list full
After taking a note of system information, you can simply exit from the command prompt using the exit command or pressing the close button at the top right corner.
Doing more research on the internet based on the earlier outputs can provide more information about your laptop or desktop computer.
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2) Through the msinfo Tool
You are available with various programs from Microsoft if you’re running your system on the Windows operating system. One such program/application that is handy for getting all the system information is msinfo (System Information).
- Open the Run console through the start menu or shortcut key Windows+R
- Once the Run is open, type msinfo32 in the text box
- After pressing the enter key, you will get the popup window of System Information on your computer screen.
- You can get the full system information about your personal computer in a single window.
- Find the information under System Summary.
Also, you can browse the details of other computer components by expanding each section under System Information.
If this method is not working on your personal computer due to any technical issue, then use the next method explained below.
3) Systeminfo from Command Prompt
We can get similar system information from the command prompt. We can use this method to retrieve remote computer hardware details or Windows server operating systems that run without GUI (Windows server Core).
- Open the command prompt.
- Enter systeminfo and press.
It will provide enough information to answer your ‘what computer do I have?’
4) Use of Registry Editor for Getting the System Information
Windows Registry Editor is a graphical tool in the Windows operating system that allows users to get information on the windows registry & edit it through a single console.
Only advanced users can work with this tool to edit the windows registers. Usually, administrators take a backup of the registry before making any major changes. It can be used to fix temporary profiles in Windows 7.
You can use this Registry Editor to get information about your system. Follow the below steps to get the system information on your computer.
- Open the Run or shortcut key Windows+R
- Type regedit in the text box.
- It will open the registry editor of the computer, as shown in the below image.
- Now navigate to the below path to get the information about your CPU.
- Once you click on “Environment”, you can see your system information.
Registry Editor is another method to get information about the system. Do not modify any keys here!
5) From About System in Windows 10/11
‘About your PC’ in the settings app is another great place to find out about your computer. It can give basic information about the computer you have. For example, you can’t find much about your computer’s RAM or hard disk type.
It can provide the processor details, motherboard, or model of the laptop and computer.
This method mainly works on Windows 10 and Windows 11 only.
- Search for ‘about your PC’ and open the settings app.
- It will directly show the system details of the device and Windows OS.
6) Complete Information Through DirectX Diagnostic Tool
DirectX Diagnostic Tool is a diagnostic tool from Microsoft for the testing of DirectX functionality & troubleshooting video or sound-related hardware problem. It diagnoses all the drivers & system hardware to detect the functionality error.
You can use this tool to get complete information about your computer system. You are required to follow the below steps to get the system information.
- Go to the start menu & open the Run (or press Windows+R hotkey)
- Type dxdiag & press enter
- It may use your internet to diagnose the system if your PC is present with an active Internet connection.
- Now you will get the DirectX Diagnostic Tool pop-up window.
- Now go to the System tab to get the information about your computer system.
- You can note this information for future reference if you need it.
7) Using Task Manager
Task Manager is a system monitoring program generally used to monitor the processes & applications that are running on your computer system and get the general status of the computer system you’re using. You can use this program to get information about your computer system.
- Go to the start menu & search for the task manager program
- Or you can open it through the hotkey Alt+Ctrl+Del
- Once the task manager is opened up, navigate to the performance tab
- You will see the performance of your CPU, Memory & Storage Disks, and the network.
- You can get all the information related to CPU, such as Name, Manufacturer, Clock Speed, Number of cores, Number of logical cores, and CPU Cache memory.
- Get the complete information about the Memory like the form factor, total capacity, used memory, and available memory, as shown in the image below.
- You will also see the fields about the storage capacity provided by the product seller & ethernet Wi-Fi.
- You may take note of this info; otherwise, close the task manager application.
Now you know how to know – What Kind of Computer Do I Have?
8) Conventional Method Through Control Panel
Microsoft Windows allows its end users to view the system settings using the control panel program. You may easily view & change the system settings and configurations, add/remove programs, and add/remove external hardware devices like mouse and printers.
Our primary concern is to get the complete system information through the control panel. This method is almost similar to how we used the ‘About your PC’ settings apps in Windows 10 and 11. But you can use this method on all Windows client Operating Systems (like Windows 8.1/7) and Windows Servers.
- Go to the start menu & open the control panel
- Now navigate through the below path
System and Security>System
- It will display you all the information related to your computer system.
- You will see the information as shown in the image below.
- It is the most straightforward method to get the complete system information.
Are you still struggling with finding the proper answer to your question – what kind of computer do I have? The above-mentioned eight methods will work fine on various Microsoft Operating Systems like Windows 11/10/8.1/7.