How to Get System Information about Your Laptop Hardware

Your laptop’s System icon opens a window or dialog box that serves as a central location for gathering information about your laptop’s hardware, controlling that hardware, and performing minor troubleshooting.


  • If the Computer/My Computer icon dwells on the desktop, you can quickly get to the System Properties window or dialog box by right clicking that icon and choosing Properties from the context menu.

  • The keyboard shortcut for displaying the System window or dialog box is Win+Break or Alt+Fn+Break or even Alt+Pause, depending on your laptop’s keyboard.