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SIW 2019 v9.2.0618

Find out everything you'll ever need to know about your PC with this comprehensive system information tool

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Software Cost: $19.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 18 June 2019
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Developer: Gabriel Topala
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SIW 2018
Uncover everything you ever wanted to know about your PC

System Information for Windows (SIW) is a clever utility that collects and makes available detailed information on every aspect of your PC.

The Hardware section, for instance, will identify your motherboard, BIOS version, CPU type, graphics and sound card, network adapters and more. It's all very useful information if you're troubleshooting PC problems, or you could run the program on a computer you're intending to buy to find out more about it.

SIW can help if you're planning a hardware upgrade, too. If you'd like to add more RAM to your system, say, then click the Memory section the precise details on the manufacturer, part number, memory type and speed of your existing DIMMs, everything you need to be sure your new RAM is compatible.

The Software section is even more detailed. We clicked on "Operating System", expecting to see "Windows Vista Ultimate" and not much else, but the program surprised us with a stack of information: activation status, UAC configuration, DEP details, Windows Update status (including the next time it'll check for updates), network and computer name, even a list of Restore Points with the reason they were created.

Then there's the invaluable Licences section, which lists the licence keys for all supported applications (on our test PC this included Windows, Microsoft Office, VMware Workstation, various Cyberlink apps, and more). Print these out, keep them safe, and you'll be protected if you lose your original CDs or licence keys.

The Passwords section is similarly useful, listing all the login details our PC had stored for Outlook accounts, Windows Live Messenger, and Internet Explorer password-protected sites.

There's a wide range of useful real-time information to help you troubleshoot current PC problems: lists of running processes, installed drivers, loaded DLLs, open files, active network ports and more.

And the package is rounded off with an interesting collection of technical tools, including a MAC Address Changer, broadband speed test and Wake On Lan utility.

What's new in 9.2.0618 (see changelog for more info)?

- Fixed a conflict between latest Windows Update, CPUID SDK, and the "/silent" command line argument.
- Fixed a license error ([S] 13) on Windows 7 without updates since 2015.
- Updated Operating System module:
- Window 10 May 2019 Update.
- Hyper-V 2019.
- Improved Running Processes and Loaded DLLs details.
- Updated CPU module.
- Updated Storage Devices module.
- Updated Devices database.
- SIW Home Edition: Windows XP, and Server 2003 are no longer supported.
- Minor enhancements and compatibility fixes.

Verdict:

SIW can be frustratingly slow, especially on a cluttered or underpowered PC, but it does provide a huge amount of useful information on the target PC. Give it a try

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

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