An advanced System Information for Windows tool gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings.
Pros & Cons:
SIW (System Information for Windows) utility written by Gabriel Topala "displays detailed specs for motherboard, BIOS, CPU, devices, memory, video, disk drives, ports, printers, operating system, installed programs, processes, services, serial numbers (CD keys), users, open files, system uptime, network, network shares, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, memory, page file usage and network traffic.
It also displays currently active network connections, passwords hidden behind asterisks, installed codecs, and more." That's impressive enough for a freebie.
But my favorite feature is that SIW does not need installing; all you need to do is to run the executable. This means one less installed program on your PC as well the fact that you can run the program directly from a USB flash drive.
Note: SIW has fallen out of favor because the free version is no longer updated, has to upgrade to Pro version to work on Windows 8 and above systems.
The standard installer contains OpenCandy and the free version is no longer present on their homesite. You still get it from a third party website though.
SIW was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on based on version 2011.