How to Check Computer Specs

Find out what your Mac or PC is running

What to Know

  • Windows 10: Click the gear icon in the start menu > System > About to find most specs.
  • Windows 10: Specs are also available in the Task Manager if you click the Performance tab.
  • macOS: Click the Apple menu > About This Mac (for some specs) > System Report (for additional specs.)

This article explains how to check computer specs, including finding the specifications of a Windows 10 PC and a Mac.

How Do I Check My PC Specs in Windows 10?

On a Windows 10 PC, most of the specs are in one place. Specifications like your CPU, RAM, and OS version are all found in the About section of the System Settings menu. This section doesn’t tell you how much storage space you have or what type of video card you have, so you need to look elsewhere for those specifications.

Here’s how to check the specs on a Windows 10 PC:

  1. Select Start on your taskbar.

    Start Menu (windows icon) highlighted on the Windows 10 taskbar.
  2. Click the gear icon.

    The gear icon highlighted in the Windows 10 start menu.
  3. Click System.

    System highlighted in Windows Settings.
  4. Click About.

    About highlighted in the left menu in Windows system settings.
  5. Most of your specs are listed on this screen, including processor, RAM, and your version and build number of Windows.

    Windows PC system specs.
  6. Now click Storage in the left panel.

    Storage highlighted in the left menu of Windows system settings.
  7. Click View storage on other drives.

    View storage usage on other drives highlighted in Windows storage settings.
  8. On this screen, you’ll see how much total storage space your PC has and how much free space is left.

    Windows 10 storage specs.
  9. Now type System Information into the taskbar search field, and hit enter.

    System Information highlighted in Windows 10 search.
  10. This screen provides some detailed system specs, but it doesn't show your video card. To find that, click the + next to Components.

    Components highlighted in Windows System Information.
  11. Click Display.

    Display highlighted in Windows System Information.
  12. This screen shows your display specifications. Look for Adapter Description to see what video card you have.

    Windows 10 video card specs.

How to Check Windows 10 Specs With Task Manager

Most of your basic specs, including information on the current status of system resources, are also located in the Performance tab of the Task Manager.

To find your specs in Task Manager:

  1. Type Task Manager into the taskbar search field, and press enter.

    Task Manager highlighted in Windows search.
  2. Click the Performance tab.

    The Performance tab highlighted in Windows task manager.
  3. Click CPU to see what processor you have.

    Windows CPU specs.
  4. Click Memory to see information about your RAM.

    Windows 10 memory specs.
  5. Click Disk to see information about your storage.

    Windows 10 disk drive specs.

    Your computer may have more than one disk.

  6. Click GPU to see information about your video card.

    Windows 10 GPU specs.

    Your computer may show two GPU listings if it has integrated graphics in addition to a discrete video card.

How Do I Check My Specs on a Mac?

There are far fewer Macs than Windows PC models, so you can typically find out the specs of a Mac just by looking up the model number on the Apple website. If you suspect you or someone else has modified your Mac at some point, or you want to see the specs of your specific machine, you can check the specs in macOS.

Here’s how to check your specs in macOS:

  1. Click the Apple menu.

    The Apple menu icon highlighted in macOS.
  2. Click About This Mac.

    About This Mac highlighted in the Apple Menu.
  3. On the overview screen, you will find information on your processor and RAM. For additional information, click System Report.

    System Report highlighted in About This Mac.
  4. Click Hardware to view your Mac model name and identifier, processor, RAM, firmware version, serial number, and hardware ID.

    Hardware specs on a Mac.
  5. Click memory to see more information about your RAM.

    Memory specs on a Mac.
  6. Click Graphics/Displays for more information about your video card and connected displays.

    Graphics card specs on a Mac.
  7. Click Storage for more information about installed and available storage.

    Storage specs on a Mac.
  • How do I check computer specs using CMD commands?

    First, open the Command Prompt from the Windows Start menu, type systeminfo, then press Enter to view general information about your operating system version, processor, and RAM. 

  • How do I check my computer's RAM specs?

     To check RAM on Windows 10, you can use the Command Prompt or the advanced System Information app. Type systeminfo | find "Available Physical Memory" in the Command Prompt to see how much RAM is free or use Start > Run > msinfo32.exe to compare total physical and available RAM from System Information. On a Mac, check RAM from Activity Monitor; go to the Memory tab to view details about physical memory and memory used.

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