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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 25, 2015

SIW lets you explore your computer's hardware and software information through an intuitive interface. This portable app comes with a free trial where some of the system values will be hidden. Overall, it manages to provide you with every piece of information you need and even comes bundled with a few other handy utilities.

Pros

Extensive: In addition to providing detailed hardware specifications, SIW also has extensive support for various software and network settings. It even comes with a Tools menu filled with additional utilities not directly related to the software's main function, including the handy Eureka!, which reveals the text written in password fields.

Quick: We were very impressed with the on-demand method for loading system information -- each tab containing a certain type of data, like CPU details for example, will only load once you click on it. Although a one- to two-second delay is added to opening a new section, this approach ensures that you can use the app immediately after opening it and that the information in each tab is up to date.

Report generation: SIW can generate system reports that contain all available information on the computer in HTML, TXT, CSV, XML, and JSON formats. We were able to generate a full HTML report in 23 seconds.

Cons

Poorly optimized utilities: Some of the utilities found in the Tools menu caused parts of our system to slow down or crash. We had most trouble with Eureka!, which crashed each software it was used on, and also with the CPU and Memory Usage meter, which slowed our system considerably.

Bottom Line

Due to its extensive hardware and software support, SIW is well suited to be used as a troubleshooting tool. You may also try using the bundled utilities, but be sure to save your work just in case you experience system or app instability.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SIW 4.10.1016b.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.10.1016b

  • Added support for Windows 10 Technical Preview.
  • Updated CPU module:
    • AMD Athlon X2 450, Athlon X4 840 and Athlon X4 860K (Kaveri)
    • AMD FX-8370, FX-8370E, FX-8320E (Vishera)
    • Improved AMD FCH detection
  • Improved support for Intel X99 chipset.
  • Updated devices database.
  • Minor enhancements and compatibility fixes.

General

Release January 6, 2015
Date Added January 6, 2015
Version 4.10.1016b

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 37,689
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

SIW is a System Information tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings. A utility that includes detailed specs for Motherboard, BIOS, CPU, Devices, Memory, Video, Drives, Ports, Printers. It displays information about Operating System, Installed Programs, Processes, Services, Product Key (CD key), Serial Numbers, Users, Open Files, System uptime, Users, Network, Network Shares, and more, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, Memory, Page File usage and network traffic. SIW also displays currently active network connections, Passwords hidden behind asterisks, installed codecs, and more. A standalone tool that does not require installation.