If your computer runs Microsoft Windows, chances are you have viewed the System Information screen more than once.
This screen contains lots of need-to-know information about your PC’s hardware and Operating System as well as links to some of the most critical Windows system tools.
If you ever need to call Tech Support for help with a hardware or software issue, you will almost certainly be asked some questions that can quickly be answered by reviewing the concise, yet extremely important info displayed on the System Information screen.
Note: This info can also come in handy when purchasing a new program or device for your PC.
Here’s a screenshot of a typical System Information dialog box (this one is from Windows 10):
The System Information screen can easily be displayed by right-clicking on either the This PC icon, the Computer icon or the My Computer icon(depending on the Windows version) and then clicking Properties.
The problem is not all systems have these icons displayed on the Desktop. That’s why it’s handy to know about a simple keyboard shortcut that works with all recent versions of Windows.
The fastest way to display the System Information screen on virtually any Windows PC is to press the Windows+Pause key combination (hold down the Windows key and then press the Pause key).
Note: The Windows key is typically found in the lower left-hand corner of the keyboard. The Pause key is usually in the upper right corner.
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