Get the 411

Cory Blog, Software

Getting the full 411 on your computer may proof to be a harder than at first thought, especially when working with older machines or when product labels are wayyyyyy back there…or ok, when you’re too lazy to move stuff around and look, like I was, admittedly, recently. Well, maybe the basic info is available but what about network info, hotfixes, updates, software, or service packs? That stuff may take some time to gather up. Well thank goodness for Belarc.

Belarc makes a nice little utility named Belarc Advisor, which when downloaded and ran, gathers all sorts of yummy information about your machine. From their site:  “The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser” 

So lets say you want to sell your PC. You need some information on it in order to list it. You download belarc advisor. It results in a huge list of details, you copy and paste it in your sale listing. Easy. So easy.

For Mac: System Profiler is awesome for viewing all sorts of goodies on your machine, and its built in. The best 3rd party utility I’ve found so far is a program called Mactracker, which really is a history tool on nearly every Mac ever made, but very cool to glaze over if you’re a mac enthusiast.

Chime in if you have a quick and easy way to get what you want out of your computer.