Intensive info | Download Product Review - CNET Download.com

Intensive info

Get system information for every aspect of Windows with this comprehensive program.

The "SIW" in SIW - Freeware Version stands for System Information for Windows, and they aren't kidding. This utility provides users with an amazing array of information about your Windows machine and its contents, performance, and settings.

SIW's interface is plain and easy to navigate, with menus and a toolbar across the top and a tree-style directory down the left side. This directory is split into three main parts--Software, Emulated Hardware, and Network--and expanding each of these displays a bevy of information. The amount of features SIW contains is truly staggering; users can view information about their operating system and each installed application, file associations, licenses, drivers, stored passwords, and much, much more. Users can also view CPU and memory usage, network traffic and information, and open ports, and there's a link to an online broadband speed test. These features are just the tip of the iceberg, really; there are far too many utilities within SIW to name. Although we were quite impressed with this program's features and relative ease of use, we do think that its lack of Help file is a glaring oversight. The program is great for experienced computer users who already know what to do with the information that SIW provides, but a basic guide to the program's features would be a definite asset. Overall, we found SIW - Freeware Version to be quite comprehensive and useful, as long as you already have some familiarity with utilities of this type.

SIW - Freeware installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

CNET Top 5
Companies Apple could buy with their billions
Apple's sitting on a massive pile of cash. Here are five interesting ways they could spend it.
Play Video
 

Member Comments