Whether you are an avid computer gamer or an average computer user, it is always helpful to know the hardware and software specifications of your computer. For example, knowing your computer’s specifications can help you determine whether your computer can run particular games, apps, or operating systems, troubleshoot hardware or software problems, and much more.
Although you can always check the hardware of any device by looking at its packaging or the stickers on it. However, it is not very helpful if you want more detailed information about your computer. Instead, you can use these best methods to check the specifications of your PC in Windows 11.
1. Check PC Specs Using the Settings App
The most common way to check the hardware of any device would be to navigate to its About section. And just as you’d expect, Windows 11 is no different and lets you see your computer’s hardware and software.
Here’s how you can quickly check your PC specs using the Settings app:
Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.
Step 2: When the Settings app opens, scroll down and tap About.
When you get to the About page, you should see the two sections: Device specifications and Windows specifications. The first section reveals the hardware information about your computer, while the second section reveals software information about your computer.
2. Check PC Specs Using System Information Utility
If you think that the system specifications offered by the Settings program are not helpful in revealing the complete hardware specifications of your computer, then this solution is a good alternative. This method relies on the System Information built into Windows to reveal your computer’s hardware specifications.
If you want to quickly see your computer’s hardware specifications using the System Information tool, press the Windows + R keys to open a Run dialog. Then type Msinfo32.exe in the text field and click OK.
After that, a System Information window will appear on your screen where you can find detailed information about your system, including your computer’s processor, software version, model number, etc.
In addition, you can also click on Components on the left panel to access more details about your device, including the number and types of I/O (Input Output connectivity), display specifications, network adapters, etc.
Windows 11 includes a DirectX Diagnostic Tool (DxDiag) to help you troubleshoot display and sound problems on your computer. This tool can check the hardware specifications of your Windows 11 PC. Here’s how to use it:
Step 1: Press the shortcut of Windows + R keys to open Run dialog, type dxdiag in the text field, and click OK.
Step 2: In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window, stay on the System tab, and click the Save All Information button.
Step 3: Go to the folder where you want to save it and click the Save button.
Step 4: Open File Explorer and navigate to the location where you saved the DxDiag.txt file. Then, double click to open it.
Step 5: When the DxDiag.txt file opens in Notepad, scroll down and you should find all the computer specifications listed in an organized manner.
In addition to checking your computer’s hardware, you can also use it to check if your computer supports Miracast, your computer’s display capabilities, installed drivers, etc.
4. Check PC Specs Using Command Prompt
You can use the Command Prompt in Windows to perform advanced administrative tasks such as fixing activation key-related problems, booting your computer into safe mode, etc. However, that is not all. You can also use the Command Prompt to check your computer’s hardware.
Here’s how to use Command Prompt to check your computer’s hardware:
Step 1: Press the Windows + S keys and type Command Prompt. Then, from the results for Command Prompt, click Run as administrator.
Step 2: Click Yes when user account control (UAC) appears on the screen.
Step 3: Type the following command in the Terminal window and press Enter:
This will reveal the specifications of your computer along with several other details.
5. Check PC Specs Using Windows PowerShell
If you are comfortable using Windows PowerShell, you can quickly use it to check your computer’s specifications. For that, you will have to execute a simple command as detailed in the steps below:
Step 1: Press the Windows + S keys to open Windows Search and type Windows PowerShell. Then, from the results for PowerShell, click Run as administrator.
Step 2: When User Account Control (UAC) appears, click Yes.
Step 3: Type the following command and press Enter:
This will reveal details about your computer including the details of the manufacturer or developer of some components.
Easily Find Your Computer’s Hardware Specifications
That’s all. You can easily find your computer’s hardware specifications using any of the above methods. These details can help ensure whether a particular software or even hardware is compatible with your computer. Knowing such details can save you a lot of time, as well as money, from using incompatible components.