Knowing your Windows 11 PC’s registry can help you troubleshoot problems, or let you know if you can run certain programs – here’s how to find them.
At some point, you may need to find what you need – or what you need – for your Windows 11 PC. It can be useful for troubleshooting if you have problems, or just want to know if your laptop is compatible with a certain program or can run a certain game. If you’re a tech savvy person, you’ve probably already bought your PC based on the specs, but that’s not the case for everyone.
Fortunately, finding the background checker isn’t difficult, and there are a number of ways you can go about it. These options vary in difficulty and the amount of content they offer, so you can choose whatever suits your needs. We’re here to help, and we’re going to show you how to access your Windows 11 PC using a few different methods.
Find information using the Windows 11 Settings app
The first and easiest way to access your Windows 11 PC settings is to use the Settings app. This will give you a list of requirements – including processor and RAM, as well as information about your version of Windows. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app (it should be in the Start menu).
- In the System section, scroll down and click About.
- Here you will see your profile, which includes your processor model and base clock speed, as well as how much RAM your computer has.
- Below that, you’ll also see your Windows profile, so you can see which version of Windows you’re running. You may be running an early release of Windows 11, or you may already have Windows 11 version 22H2, for example.
If you’re seeing some software problems, they may be related to a particular version of Windows, so this is useful to know. However, these are very few, and you may want to know more. Let’s explore other options.
Using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool
If you’re focused on gaming-related information, or anything related to CPU, GPU, and audio hardware, the DirectX Diagnostic Tool is a great way to find out more about your system’s hardware and capabilities. To open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool:
- Open the Start menu and type dxdiag, then press Enter.
- Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + R to open the Run window, then type dxdiag. There.
- You will be asked if you want to check if your drivers are digital. Click Yes.
This main page – the System tab – shows you system information, including your version and version of Windows, BIOS version, and more about your processor and RAM. The most interesting part of this, however, is the Display tab – there may be more than one if your PC has more than one GPU, as with most gaming laptops.
This shows you information including the name of your GPU, the amount of memory available, your driver version, and what DirectX supports. DirectX is essential for running games on your PC, so supporting certain features can determine whether or not certain games can run smoothly.
You also have an Audio tab with information about your sound drivers, and an Input tab that lists connected peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and more.
Using Information Systems
If you want to know more about your Windows 11 PC, another good option is the aptly named System Information. This is an old tool that has been in Windows for years.
The easiest way to open System Information is to simply open the Start menu and type System Information until it appears in the results. If that doesn’t work, try the following:
- Open the Start menu.
- Enter the All Programs list.
- Scroll down and open Windows Tools.
- Click System Information.
The System Information window opens briefly into a system summary, which includes information about your processor, including the base clock speed, number of cores, and logical processors (also known as threads). You can also find your RAM on this page.
If you want more information about other components inside your PC, expand the Components section in the side menu. There, you can find information about the display (including the GPU/graphics card), audio equipment, storage, and more. The sub-sections can also be expanded, so there’s more to find
Not every section here will be very helpful to everyone, but this is one of the most detailed explanations you will find.
Using Windows Terminal
If you’re someone who only works well with line-based tools, you can also use the Windows Terminal program to access your interface. Windows Terminal is a utility that can run both Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell, and both tools allow you to access information about your PC, albeit with different commands and different outputs. Command Prompt provides slightly whiter-looking output.
Using Windows PowerShell
- Open the Start menu and type Windows Terminal until it appears in the search bar and press Enter.
- Enter Get-ComputerInfo and click Type.
- To find out more about a particular part of your PC, you can use Get-ComputerInfo Property followed by the name of the property you want to view. You can also use wildcards to find properties that start with similar names. 2 Photos Close
Using the Command Prompt
- Open the Start menu and type Command prompt until it appears in the search bar and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows PowerShell, type systeminfo and press Enter.
These methods don’t include information about things like your GPU, but it’s another way to get more information about your PC.
And that’s all you need to know to get updates on your Windows 11 PC. In this way, we can say that DirectX Diagnostic Tool and System Information provide detailed information, but you can choose one of the other options. Once you know what you’re looking for, each of these is a great way to find out more about your PC.