If you are looking for a system tool that provides a comprehensive hardware analysis and reporting feature, look no further. HWiNFO is your dearest friend that not only does that but also accurately monitors your Windows system components in real-time for actual status and failure prediction. The best of all, it does all these for free, no string attached.
HWiNFO runs on all Windows platforms including Windows 10 with the support for both 32-bit and 64-bit edition. It has a portable version as well so you can just run it without installing it. Heck, it even got a version for DOS, though the maintenance of the DOS version has been terminated. The download page contains all the packages you will need to run the tool.
When you launch the tool, you have the choose to run for Sensor-only or Summary-only mode, or in a full capacity mode when neither of the options was selected.
The Settings button, when clicked, opens up a Settings dialog box for setting up the preferences to launch the tool.
When launched, it scans all your computer components and displays a quick System Summary by default on top of the main screen with a real-time CPU status graph showing on the side.
The System Summary screen includes some detail information about the critical components on your computer, CPU, GPU, Memory, Motherboard, BIOS version, Drives, and Operating System. Close out the system Summary window and go back to the main window of the tool. And that’s where you can dig into more technical details about every piece of a component the tool finds on your computer.
You can save the report to one of the 6 formats, plain text, CSV, HTML, XML, etc., by clicking the Save Report button on the toolbar.
To start monitoring the system components, click the Sensors button on the toolbar or go to Monitoring on the drop-down menu and choose Sensor status.
You can use the Expand button at the bottom left of the window to show more sensors in a side-by-side format in the same window, the Networking icon for remote monitoring, and the Logging button next to the clock to save the logging data.
What’s more, you can double-click individual sensor to open up the real-time usage graph for that particular sensor. And you can open many of them at the same time.
HWiNFO is a tiny system utility tool with tons of features that generates an incredible amount of information about your computer. I particularly like the Sensor Monitoring feature since I don’t find it existed in any of the freeware system utilities I discovered over the years. Overall, it’s a must-have tool for both novice users and experts like IT pros.
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Last updated: 08/30/2016