Gathering System Information with the SYSTEMINFO Command

The most common tool used to gather general details about the configuration of an XP system is via the graphical System Information tool. If you’re running XP Professional, however, this information can also be gathered from the command line using the SYSTEMINFO command line utility. When issued without any switches, this tool will display system configuration information including your BIOS version, time zone, IP address, installed hotfixes, and more, as shown below. When you only need a quick heads-up, this command is much quicker to access that the GUI version and makes obtaining information a snap. Unfortunately, this command is not available on XP Home systems.

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