If you’ve ever looked for details of your system, AIDA32 is a wonderful system utility that fetches all you ever wanted to know out of the depths of your PC. UPDATED: A more recent version is available.
Everest Free Edition 2.20 is available – even though this in unsupported, for casual use it’s a great utility. There is a pay version available for the pros.
Even though this app is not being updated, I found it one of the most comprehensive utilities to retrieve arcane and not so arcane data buried within a PC. It is extremely easy to use and can also generate reports and do some benchmarks as well.
However, although I have not had any problems with this, apparently some have encountered problems using it on some newer PCs.
I downloaded AIDA32 from CNET and after the install you get this opening screen:
One think I found VERY handy is that for many of the PC’s components – if you mouse over highlighted entries it will lead you to download locations for drivers:
The Plugin dropdown leads to some benchmark suites:
A very handy item is its ability to retrieve license keys from installed software:
One example of the depth of information – this laptop’s RAM modules:
Overall this utility is a gem – I’ve only scratched the surface of its extensive read-out capabilities. It’s only a 3.2 MB download and a quick install. Since all it does is gather data only when you run it, it’s relatively benign to your PC. What you find out about your system may surprise you!