“Mouse”: System Information

Knowing more about your system gives you information needed for adding software and hardware to your computer and more. Where do you start to get that information? Exactly there at the “Start Button”. What a wonderful feature that “Start Button”! You begin and end with the “Start Button”.  Depending on the Windows Operating System you have it might appear as a round or rectangle image with the Windows logo in it at the bottom left hand side of your monitor.  Windows XP users: left mouse button click on it, then click on search, then choose all files and folders. In the All or part of the file name area type system information, then click search; Vista and Windows 7 users left mouse button click on it, the search is the first item at the bottom when the “Start Button” is clicked; search programs and files, type system information in that location.  In both cases the search will yield what you asked for; Windows XP users left mouse button rapid double click on it, Vista and Windows 7 users left mouse button single click, and the system information will open and you can read about your computers system information.

System requirements are needed for the installing of software and hardware.  When adding software or hardware the system requirements are on the package to inform you that your system needs to meet the requirements for the product to work properly.

As developers and engineers’ progress with the newest and the latest ideas they are more demanding on system requirements.  This is in part why Operating Systems (OS) are changing.  The ability to do what is available today is not adequate with the older OS’s.  So as long as new and improved becomes available you can be certain there will be a new OS to go with it.  This can become a cost factor, but in most cases developers and engineers’ try to make products backward compatible.  Simply put, work with the old and the new OS.  However they will only go back so far.  You do not have to buy a new computer every time one comes out.  In most cases you can enjoy the benefits of your existing computer for many years.  If your computer is doing the things you want it to do then keep on keeping on.  If you are having problems installing software programs or hardware then you first want to make sure you have the proper system requirements.  Then consider the cost effectiveness of upgrading your current computer.  Before purchasing a new computer check the compatibility to use any current software and hardware you have. That is done by going to the manufactures web site using their support link or customer care link and find out are there any patches, or updates for your product to work with the new OS.

More often than not we purchase a new computer bring it home set it up to find out that our favorite card making program does not install on the new computer or our printer, camera, scanner, etc. does not install.  As my daughter would say “What to do daddy, what to do!”?  These little steps will help you in knowing what your expenditures will be before you buy without the, “What to do!” syndrome.

I hope to accomplish that you know you are smarter than your computer, that the computer is a tool, and you are the master of that tool.  If you have any questions you would like answered in this column please send them to:


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