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Windows 7: Speccy - Advanced System Information Tool

Speccy - Advanced System Information Tool

How to Use Speccy to View Your System Information in Windows
Published by andrew129260
30 Sep 2013
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How to Use Speccy to View Your System Information in Windows


information   Information
What is Speccy?

"Speccy, developed by Piriform, is a freeware system information tool for personal computers. Speccy gives users detailed statistics on every piece of hardware, including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio Support." -Wikipedia

This program does not include/collect any personal information, just system specs.




Lets get started:

1.) Download Speccy from the official site.
download

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2.) Once downloaded, run the installer as you would install any other application. This is just Speccy you are installing, so do not accept to install chrome or any other suggested software.
You are offered chrome during the install, (if you already have it you won't be asked)
you can uncheck the boxes and choose not to install it. See image below:
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3.) Now that is done, Open Speccy. You will see this screen:

Tip   Tip
When speccy opens it will take a moment to display the information. Please wait. Also note the screenshot is from my system, your results may vary or be completely different. (The default temperature in Speccy is displayed in C like most programs, I just have it set to F.)
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4.) If you were sent here by other members, then do this step. Otherwise skip to step 5.

warning   Warning
While no personal information is in the log, your Windows key and office key for example can possibly show in the log. To avoid piracy, we recommend editing the log before uploading it so that the product keys are not revealed. (It's under operating system-serial number in the log.)
If you should need help with this, ask or advise in your thread first.
-Click File-save as text file. Choose where to save it, and then upload that to your thread with your issue using the paperclip icon on the new post you go to submit. See screenshot below.

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5.) Clicking on each thing (motherboard,cpu, video card, etc) opens up more information about that category. You may click through each category to see what Speccy reports. It will list temperature as well as how many hard drives you have and the like. Keep in mind anything in Speccy will be shown in the log in step 4 if you have done this earlier.




Using Speccy as a temperature monitor program:
1.) Open Speccy.
Click View, and then click options.
Choose the advanced tab.
Check minimize to tray, display metrics in tray, and save all settings to ini file.

See screenshot below for settings:

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2.) Once that is configured, click ok. Minimize Speccy. It will now minimize to the clock area with your cpu highest temp reported in the tray.
See screenshot below:

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To have Speccy always show in the system tray:Right click the clock-Customize notification icons. Under speccy, choose always show icon and notifications. Click ok.
See screenshot for example on how it should look.

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That's it,

-Andrew

If there are any questions or you feel I could explain better, please leave a comment here. Also suggest the rewritten text as well please.



30 Sep 2013   #1
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote:
This program does not include/collect any personal information, just system specs.
Suggest you add a warning so that inexperienced OP's avoid uploading a TXT file containing the Windows 7 product key/serial number

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30 Sep 2013   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks. I learned something from this :-)
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30 Sep 2013   #3
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 
Thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote:
This program does not include/collect any personal information, just system specs.
Suggest you add a warning so that inexperienced OP's avoid uploading a TXT file containing the Windows 7 product key

Done. Apologies. I didn't think the whole keys were shown, just the last 4.

It has been corrected with a warning.

Thank you.

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Thanks. I learned something from this :-)
Good! I'm glad!
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30 Sep 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a thought.
Could mention that ticking on each thing (motherboard,cpu, video card,ect) opens up more information.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2013   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I like and use Speccy but I've found that, if it is running, such as for temperature monitoring, it will cause Macrium Reflect to crash when making an image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2013   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Good job Andrew.

It looks like you missed a screenshot under step 2 for the temperature monitor section though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2013   #7
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just a thought.
Could mention that ticking on each thing (motherboard,cpu, video card,ect) opens up more information.
I will add that later today. Thank you.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I like and use Speccy but I've found that, if it is running, such as for temperature monitoring, it will cause Macrium Reflect to crash when making an image.
Hmm, never seen any problems with it, but I will keep an eye on it. Thank you for the information.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Good job Andrew.

It looks like you missed a screenshot under step 2 for the temperature monitor section though.
Ah, that would better explain it. I shall add this later tonight. Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2013   #8
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Tutorial updated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very useful tutorials.

May I suggest that you use a snippimg tool where you can make nicer comments and boxes. I use Jing which you can program to a Function key ( I use F9) and trigger when you push that function key.

Below is an example I just made. The comments and boxes are not supposed to mean anything. They just show the facilities which are boxes, arrows, text comments and highlights.
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