This article will explain how to find your computer's specs, using DxDiag on Windows, and System Information on macOS.
- Why is this important?
- What Sort of Specs Are We Looking For?
- Obtaining Windows Computer Specs Using DxDiag
- Obtaining Mac Computer Specs Using System Information.
When it comes to troubleshooting, it is helpful to have an in-depth understanding of the machine we are using. Sometimes, issues can arise from incompatibility & system overloads - being mindful of our Computer Specs will help us avoid these issues.
Very generally speaking, the most important specs to know are as follows:
- Your Computer Operating System (OS)
- Your Processor (ie, Intel i7, AMD Ryzen)
- Your Internal Storage Space, in Gigabytes (GB)
- Your Internal Memory or RAM, in Gigabytes (GB)
DxDiag is a powerful tool for Windows operating systems. By running DxDiag, we are given a succinct window with all of the desired Computer Specs. Follow these steps to get there:
- In your computer's search bar, type in "DxDiag". You will be greeted with a program called DxDiag, symbolized by a blue circle & yellow x.
- Click on DxDiag to run the program. DxDiag will then scan your system.
- If/when prompted, click Yes.
- You will then be given a screen with all of your pertinent computer specs.
- Press the Shift + Windows + S keys at the same time, to take a screenshot of this screen.
Apple Computers have a similar tool for retrieving computer specs, called System Information. The following steps outline the process of using this tool, and obtaining the information we need:
- In the top left-hand corner of your Mac, click on the Apple Icon, then select About This Mac. A window with basic Computer Specs, such as Processor Type, Internal Memory (RAM), and OS will be displayed.
- Click on the System Report button. This will open the System Information app, automatically showing an in-depth Hardware Overview.
- In the column on the left, you can click through various different Hardware, Network, and Software sections, to get even more in-depth specifications.
- Navigate to the Storage category to see your internal storage space.
- Press SHIFT + CMD + 4 on your keyboard at the same time to take a screenshot of these screens. The key information will be in the overall Hardware Overview and the Storage Specs.