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How do I find my computer’s specs in Windows 10?

computer's specs in Windows 10
Fully specced: find out exactly what's in your PC

If you’re looking to run a new piece of software or a game, it will often come with a minimum and/or recommended list of specs. But how do you find your computer’s specs in Windows 10? It’s dead simple, when you know where to look.

Find computer specs in Windows 10

There are all manner of software utilities that will list the entire spec of your computer, but you really don’t need to install anything extra to get a full specs breakdown.

Instead, type the word “system” into the Windows 10 search bar and you should be offered the option to open the System Information desktop app.

Open that app, and you should get a system summary that looks something like this:

Windows System Information

The key specs on this page are the Processor (or CPU) and the Installed Physical Memory (RAM). Most pieces of software will demand a processor of a certain generation or speed, as well as a minimum amount of memory.

The other key spec, especially when it comes to gaming, is the graphics. These aren’t listed on the summary page. Instead click Display in the menu on the left-hand side and this should display your graphics capabilities under Adapter Type and Adapter Description.

If, like me, you’re running a laptop with no dedicated graphics chip, this will likely be listed as Intel HD Graphics. These so-called ‘integrated’ graphics chips are not very powerful. They might be able to cope with basic games, but you can forget about any serious 3D gaming.

If you find all this info a little intimidating and want a cleaner breakdown, try installing the free Speccy from Piriform. This delivers the key specs in a much tighter, friendlier format, but give you the option to dig down into greater detail from the menus on the left, as shown below.

Speccy

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About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at barry@bigtechquestion.com.

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