CompInfo is a free command line tool to get system info. This command line based system information viewer lets you easily see specs of your system.
Most of the people are kinda afraid of using command line tools, and prefer to use UI based tools, but this one is a piece of cake. Just run a simple command, and all the information about your system will be visible on the command line.
This tool shows almost all the details about your hardware devices, which includes: MemoryLoad, Network Card Info, CDROM Info, Hard Drive Info, all Installed Printers, your Operating System, Video Card Information, etc.
How To Get System Info from Command Line?
You only need to go through two simple steps to get system info using this tool. These are:
Step 1: Click on the link given at the end of this review to download the zip file of this tool. After downloading that file, extract it to get the application file. Don’t double click on that; no installation is required.
Step 2: Now you need to run Command Prompt and drop the extracted application file to Command Prompt. See the screenshot below (or, you can manually type the complete path of the downloaded file, as well as its name):
After doing so, tap Enter to execute the command, and that’s it. It will immediately present you system information.
The whole information is neatly structured. So you will be easily able to check details and use any information that you need.
But Why Do we need command line based System Information Viewer?
In the beginning of this article, I linked to a nice collection of System Information Viewers that let you view system information in a nice UI. So, why do we need to use this ghastly looking command line tool? Command line tools have their own distinct set of advantages and purpose, that most of the UI based tools cannot fulfill. The biggest advantage is to use these tools as a part of the batch file to quickly extract the information and spool that to a file. You can even use it in conjunction with other command line tools. For example, you can make a batch file that uses this tool, and some command line based email tool to get the system information and also subsequently email it.
By the way, if you already are a long-time command line lover, and would like something more powerful, then you might want to check these command prompt alternatives.
CompInfo is a little yet powerful command line tool to easily fetch the system information for you. Instead of following the set of complex commands and wasting your precious time, you will get system information in just a matter of seconds.