Profile Your Computer System With Free Belarc Advisor Version 8.1

image Do you have a detailed profile of your computer system including hardware and installed software? What do you know about your computer’s motherboard, CPU and GPU, remaining drive space, or your operating system security hotfixes?

To effectively maintain your computer and proactively deal with problems that may occur, it is essential that you have as much information about your system as possible.

If you need help from a computer support group, from a tech support line, or from a computer knowledgeable friend, you will need to provide specific and accurate details of your computer. Without these details, it can be very difficult for even the most knowledgeable computer tech to be time efficient.

So it is important for you to create a detailed profile of your computer system before problems occur, and retain a printed copy of the report. Normally, creating such a profile can be very time intensive. But there are time saving solutions.

Belarc Advisor (last updated September 16), is a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as; operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, drive specifications, and much, much more.

The following screen capture shows only a very small portion of the audit report.

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The report also includes a comprehensive list of the software installed on your system, as well as software license numbers and product keys. In addition, it lists the status of the Microsoft hotfixes on your system. If any hotfixes need reinstalling, you will be advised of this.

The results are displayed in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly navigate to different parts of the document, find out more about a particular hotfix entry, or see where a listed software product is installed.

I have been using this program for 5+ years and find it invaluable for troubleshooting, and diagnostics.

System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows support.

Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and many others.

Download at: Download.com

Belarc Advisor is free for personal use only.

Additional free computer audit applications include:

SIW – System Information for Windows…

Speccy

WinAudit

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16 Comments

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16 responses to “Profile Your Computer System With Free Belarc Advisor Version 8.1

  1. Mike M

    Bill,
    I downloaded this after reading your story and was amazed at all the info it really gave me about my system. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks Mike

  2. I used Belarc Advisor years ago, but forgot about it as I don’t use it often.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    Thanks for the reminder Bill.

    Awesome blog by the way.

    • Hey Dave,

      It’s been around seemingly forever, and easy to forget about. Good to have that print out just in case though. I use it twice a year or so – usually when I do my Spring and Fall maintenance routines.

      BTW, I’m always on the lookout for seasoned professionals (harder to find than it may appear), so that my readers can enjoy a diversity of topics and opinions. So, I’ve added your site to my Blogroll.

      Best,

      Bill

  3. Thanks Bill

    This is a great piece of software. I just ran it on my system and it gave me quite a extensive bit of information about my system including licenses of my old applications.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Rob

    Hi Bill,
    Being a Tech, I have a CD full of software tricks I’ve collected over the years. Wouldn’t think about tackling someone’s system without seeing what I’m dealing with. Belarc is a must for me.
    Like must of us here, I enjoy your blog and look forward to learning something new each day.
    Blessings…

  5. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks, this was a timely reminder as I still had the previous version. Of course it updates automatically every time you open it.

    You say you use it twice a year. Do you keep each report for comparison or just rely on the latest one?

    Kind regards

    John

  6. Bill,
    Belarc has been an old standby for ages, it still holds up. SIW is another similar tool that should work well for people as well.
    Mark

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