Understanding your PC is the first step towards improving its health and overall performance. Out of the box, Windows does offer basic system information and tools like your Device Manager, but that’s often not the most efficient way to take a good look at all of this data.
You’re probably familiar with tools like EVEREST, Speccy, and HWMonitor. They do a really great job at taking heaps of system information and pulling them together for the user to analyze. One of the best tools that you’ve probably never heard of in this same field is LookInMyPC, and I’d like to introduce that to you in this post. After taking a look, you may find it a better alternative than the ones you’ve known and trusted for so long.
LookInMyPC works with Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 2008 and Windows 7. The application is available as an installation or portable archive (which I love). They are 3 MB and 1.8 MB (compressed) in size respectively.
The portable version comes with a license (as a text file) and the EXE file, and you’ll want to make sure to put those files in their own folder as your profiles and reports will also generates their own folder. It could get messy on the desktop or in your Documents folder.
The application’s main interface is extremely easy to grasp.
The labels beside each checkbox here show you the power of LookInMyPC. Just by ticking the box beside each label, you’re able to include that information in generated reports.
At the top right of the interface, you can see the default profile name (which should be your PC’s name). You can save multiple profiles for a single PC or this acts as a great way to differentiate between multiple systems (if you’re using the portable version).
At the bottom left of the interface, the blurred area will show your local and public IP address. You can also see above that area that you can actually set this report to automatically send out an email to you or someone who is helping diagnose your system.
Upon generating your first report, you’ll receive a pop-up alert letting you know that this will be your baseline report for this profile and it’s best that you have all of the checkboxes ticked. Do that. Depending how beefy your system is, this should take a few seconds, but give it up to two minutes.
A massive report will be generated and should automatically open as a tab in your default browser.
There’s far too much to include in this article, but you can see a sample report on the LookInMyPC website.
Back to the main application interface, the Tools/Info tab offers just that.
The highlight of this tab is the ability to open your reports folder and compare reports. Comparing any two reports will then open a Notepad log that shows you a list of very, very extensive differences.
LookInMyPC offers free, portable, and very effective system analysis with more depth than a large portion of similar applications. There are many ways that generating and comparing reports can help you maintain a healthy system.
What do you guys think of LookInMyPC? Is it on par with better-known alternatives? Let me know in the comments!