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Viewing your current system specs

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Viewing your current system specs

In this next chapter, we're going to shift our focus over to some of the systems settings that you might be interested in, as an administrator here in Windows 8.1. We're going to begin with a look at our system information so we know what we're dealing with, and what settings we might want to adjust. So here from the Start screen you're not going to find any tiles for example that will get you into the System Information, or System Settings. Even if we go down to the bottom left corner, click the All Apps button and scroll through.

Viewing your current system specs

In this next chapter, we're going to shift our focus over to some of the systems settings that you might be interested in, as an administrator here in Windows 8.1. We're going to begin with a look at our system information so we know what we're dealing with, and what settings we might want to adjust. So here from the Start screen you're not going to find any tiles for example that will get you into the System Information, or System Settings. Even if we go down to the bottom left corner, click the All Apps button and scroll through.

You'll see some options for getting into some of the settings. For example Windows Defender. There's Control Panel there, the old way of doing things. But there are set of Administrator tools that we're currently not seeing here in our start screen looking at all apps. But, we can turn it on. So from here all we're going to do is access our settings. I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut, Windows I. Next we'll click Tiles and notice that there's a slider here to show the Administrative tools.

Let's turn that on by clicking the Slider. And now I'll just click anywhere on the background to close up that pane and wait for those tools to appear. There they are, in their own category. Notice all the Admin tools that we have access to now. Including one called System Information. If we give this a click. We'll be looking at some detailed information about the system we're working with. Not just our hardware, but our operating system as well. So, you can see for me, the operating system is Windows 8.1 Pro.

I see the build, a little further down the manufacturer for my system. And even more important as I scroll down this list of system summary information, I get into memory. This is important. How much physical memory or random access memory is installed? Look at how much is available. I may need some, virtual memory, to work with programs that require more. How much is available. These might be things I need to adjust, because I was able to find this information.

Now that's just the summary. Over here on the left hand side, we can get into our hardware resources. Look at all the different categories. There's memory right there. It's going to refresh this information, and allow me to scroll through. As you can see lines and lines of information on my memory. Same thing for components and my software environment as well. Everything I need to know about my system is accessible from System Information. But we can close this up if we only need some basic information. For example, when installing software you need to know if you're working with a 32 bit system or a 64 bit system.

To find out, right here from our desktop environment, let's right-click the Start button that now appears in the bottom left corner. And from here click System. This is a different window. This is more basic information about your computer. Yes, you are going to get information about your window suggestion should be addition, but check it out down below. Underneath installed memory there is 2.00 GB tile. Also see the system type is a 32 bit operating system, even I'm using an X 64 base processor. Little further down. My computer name, domain and work group settings.

Look at this. There's a field here. Computer description that's blank. We can change these settings directly from this Window by clicking the link. On computer description, I'm going to type in lynda.com author computer. I click Apply. It now appears over here, in the System Window. I can click OK. And notice I also have access to some of the tools available through Control Panel, so if I want quick and easy access to them, I can do so directly from here. I don't have to close this down and go to Control Panel.

So that's a handy look at our System Information using basic information. Let's close that up, and we'll go back to our Start Screen using the Windows key on the keyboard. And now that we know what we're dealing with, we can start to get into changing some of those settings. Let's do that next.

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Resetting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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