Get the Details on Your PC with Kiwi System Info

There is no shortage of apps out there that purport to give you the nitty-gritty details on what is going on behind the scenes with your computer. That is valuable information to have, given the threats that we all face these days by just signing in, downloading programs and surfing the internet. I recently took a look at Belarc Advisor, which I very much liked, but it is far from the only good one out there and I am always looking to find new and better ways to do things. With that in mind, I decided to give Kiwi System Info a shot and see what it could do.

The app comes from Kiwi Monitor, which makes a series of useful applications and utilities. That gives it promise, but promise does not always pay off these days. With that bit of skepticism in mind let us get started.

Getting Started

To get started head over to the Kiwi Monitor web site and download Kiwi System Info, which is a free app. It is “Softpedia Verified” meaning it has no spyware, adware or viruses. The file is only 194 KB — 388 KB after being unzipped.

Once installed and launched you will be greeted with a simple interface that contains a series of options listed across the top of the screen. These include Hardware Info, Data Storage, Memory, System Info, Network, User and Security, Developer, All and About. We will take a brief look at each one of these tabs.

Hardware Info

By default Hardware Info opens to “Processor”. This provides information such as the processor name and type, cache info, clock speed and a lot more.

In addition, Hardware info has a drop-down menu near the top of the screen and one with a very long list of other information that you can look at — too long to cover here, but some of the more useful ones include Keyboard, Printer Share, Battery, BIOS, Optical Drive (listed as CD ROM, but it still picks up DVD as well), Video Configuration, USB options and a whole lot more.

Data Storage

Data Storage does not contain a drop-down menu, but all of the information you would want is on one screen — details on each installed drive, including optical, System Status, System Name and a whole bunch more.

Memory

Memory displays exactly the information you would expect. In order to get anything, however, you must use the drop-down menu to to choose what you would like to display. You can choose from Associated Processor Memory, Memory Array, Cache Memory, Physical Memory and a lot more.

This information is handy for trouble-shooting memory problems, as well as checking what kind of memory your system runs if you are preparing to do an upgrade.

System Info

In my personal opinion this is, perhaps, the most useful tab of all. The drop-down menu is extremely long, but do not let it put you off. Like the others, there is likely only a few options here that you will use.

Account shows your computer name, user status, domain, guest access and a lot more. In addition, there is also Boot Configuration, System Devices, System Partitions, Product Check, Process and a bunch more.

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Network

The Network tab once again contains a list of options. This time you will be getting information on such things as Network Connection (which also contains mapped drives), Network Protocol, various TCPIP information, Login information, Adapter info, such as WAN support and a number of other bits of useful information.

User and Security

Here you can gather information about user accounts — both admin and others, as well as various system information and event logs. This is a handy place to handle things that have to do with Group Policy on your computer.

Developer

This is one tab that the vast majority of users are unlikely to need, but some of you may. For that reason I will not be going into detail on this. It is lengthy and quite complicated.

All

This is a catch-all for a lot of different information, such as Account, Bios, Optical drives, Network information, Devices, Adapters, memory and any such information you could possibly be looking for. The drop-down menu is extremely long. Think of this as you one-stop shop for everything you ever wanted to know about your PC, plus a whole lot more.

About

Pretty much every piece of software you get from utilities to web browsers to office suites comes with a simple About button. Kiwi System Info in no exception. And, like the rest, it provides the basic information — version number and links to the home page and the company’s email address. Curiously, one common feature it lacked was the ability to check for updates. That is something almost always included in an “about” option. In fact, web browsers like Firefox and Chrome do it by default whenever About is clicked upon.

Conclusion

The first thing I would recommend here is to pin the EXE file to your Start screen or task bar because the app, even after installation, does not show up in either location, nor on the desktop. You will need to do a search via the Charms menu and click the EXE file from the Files menu.

Aside from that minor detail, the app is free and worked extremely well. That  free part is a major plus. If you are looking for information overload then this is what you probably want. This is more information about your system than even the biggest nerd could possibly want. It could work a bit smoother, but it is certainly usable and works quickly — just a bit much for the average user.