Windows has a built-in System Information Tool which provides essential details but there are more advanced alternatives out there, and Speccy is one of them.
If you need a more comprehensive but also easy to use system information utility, we have one to recommend. Speccy was developed by Piriform, the company who developed the well-known CCleaner but also other useful tools such as Recuva and Defraggler.
Why Speccy is a great system information tool
If you need to know everything about your computer’s hardware and operating system, this free app will provide all of that information. You can download Speccy for free and the installation is a breeze.
Once you launch the app, it will automatically analyze your PC before displaying the information – during this time, your computer performance may decrease to a certain extent. It includes details for all hardware components as well as related software and real-time stats for network performance, and CPU and GPU temperatures.
Other useful things Speccy reveals include your processor ID and S.M.A.R.T. attributes for your hard disks.
The scan results can be saved inside the app so you can view them later, as well as export them to a plain text or XML file or select a specific part of the text and copy it to the clipboard. This can be very useful if you need to share all of that information with someone else, but also if you’re performing remote troubleshooting.
Besides being purely informational, all those hardware related details can help those with the proper knowledge see if everything is in working order or find the cause of the problem. It can also be useful to take a snapshot of the scan result before a hardware upgrade or installing new drivers for example and then another after that to compare them side by side and make sure everything works as expected.
The information provided by Speccy covers all system areas, including CPU, graphics, RAM, motherboard, network, hard drives, peripherals, and audio. There’s also a summary view that shows essential details for each hardware component.
Among the app’s options, you will find the ability to display temperature levels in other imperial or metric units, as well as save the current settings to an INI file so you can easily reload it at a later time or after a reinstall.
While Speccy is exceptionally easy to use, and most of the required knowledge is resumed to understanding the displayed information, it does provide online help documentation.
There are other system information tools available to use, some free, some paid (such as AIDA), but in our opinion, Speccy takes the cake in regards to its simplicity and ease of use. For that reason, we always have it installed on any rigs we run (even laptops), with a quick shortcut to give us the information we need. We also hope that the developer improves it even further with additional details and maybe a prettier interface (although we like it just fine). All in all, we highly recommend Speccy and you have to give it a try.
The free version of the app is a great system information tool, although there is a professional edition as well. Speccy Professional displays the same hardware and software details but also provides automatic updates and premium support. Regardless which you choose, you should also know they run on 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10.