With practically everything running on computers, from personal stuff to corporate processes, it’s always a good idea for users to know more about the machine or machines in use. Computer users, with a bit of initiative, can gather basic computer system information quickly and easily.
For example, users of Windows XP can know more about the system they’re using by clicking on the Start button and then on Run from the pop-up menu. A box will appear after clicking on Run, and the user must type ‘winver’ without the apostrophes in the text box. Another window will appear, and in it the user can see what version of Windows he is using and other relevant information about his system such as installed service packs, among other things.
Of course, this is just one example of many. Users of Mac, Linux, Vista and other operating systems have other options to check their machines’ computer system information. There are also third party software applications available for downloading (many for free) that can help users gather more in-depth information about their computer systems.
It is important for users to be familiar with their machines’ computer system information because the data can help them determine the capabilities, potential and limitations of their computers. For advanced users, knowing their computers’ systems can help them modify the systems according to their needs. Software applications (usually with a small fee) are also available to users who wish to modify, or ‘tweak’ their systems to fit their specific needs.