The Belarc Advisor, from Belarc, Inc., "builds a detailed profile of your installed
software and hardware and displays the results in your Web browser. All
of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent
to any Web server." I discovered this little gem in early November 2002
through Kim Komando's Web
Do you want to know what your system consists of and what programs you
have installed? Do you want to print it out and take it to the store with
you? Do you need detailed information for tech support personnel? Do you
want it quick? Then Belarc Advisor is the utility for you.
I've used various utility and productivity programs that can generate
a system report. None of them do it as quickly and thoroughly as Belarc
Advisor. It's hard to remember which programs can generate a report and
access the feature. When you install Belarc Advisor, it puts an icon on
your desktop and in your start menu. To run the program all you do is click
the icon and wait a couple of minutes. Then a report is displayed in your
Internet browser. If you want to keep a record of your system at that moment
in time, just save it like you would any Web page.
When I first ran Belarc Advisor on my Gateway computer Super Cow, I
found out several things I hadn't known. It told me that I have an Intel
Corp MA430VX AA666761-205 Mother Board, a 102 MHz Bus Clock, and an Intel
Corp 1.00.07.DQ0T 12/04/96 BIOS. It also told me that my Intel 200 MMX
had an 8-kilobyte primary memory cache and a 512-kilobyte secondary memory
cache. These are just a few examples of the detailed information Belarc
The report includes the following sections: Operating System, System
Model, Processor, Main Circuit Board, Drives (includes Maker name &
model #), Memory Modules (it doesn't tell you what kind of modules they
are, just the size and what slots they're in), Local Drive Volumes (includes
logical drives and how much space is used & free), Logins, Network
Drives, Installed MS Hotfixes (includes verification info & weather
it needs to be re-installed), Printers, Controllers, Display (graphics
card & monitor), Bus Adapters, Multimedia, Communications (It lists
the Maker & model of the Ethernet adapter, the Network card MAC address
& the Network IP address, Other Devices (keyboard, mouse, etc), Software
Licenses (the ones you have to enter a serial number in order to
install), and Software Versions.
When you're looking at the software list in the browser, you can hover
on a text box that tells you where the program is installed. If you click
on the asterisk, a new page displays in the browser with a directory listing.
Since it's in your browser, you can print it and you can copy the information
to another document. Super Cow's report printed in 3 2/3 pages of small
print, 1 2/3 pages contained a double column software listing.
I've installed Belarc Advisor on computers running Windows 95, Windows
98 and Windows XP Home edition. It runs with no problems on every system.
It installed to c:/Program Files/Belarc/Advisor/System/ automatically (you
have no choice of install location).
Since this is a free download for
personal use, everyone can afford it. If you want or need to know 'what's
under the hood' of your computer system download Belarc Advisor today.
Just go to Belarc
and follow the instructions.
"Operating Systems: Runs on Windows 95/98/Me, NT 4, Windows 2000 and
XP. Browsers: Requires IE 3 or Netscape 3, and higher versions. Also runs
on Opera. Download File size: 602 KB." (It uses 1.82 MB of hard drive space
on Super Cow.)
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