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Use System Information reporting tool to view all Windows Vista system settings at once

After deploying Windows Vista, you will most likely need to install the printers, drivers, applications etc. on the computer. And to see what's been installed, you need to use the Control Panel to access most of them, as they are most likely scattered all over the desktop. For example, to view the monitor's current settings, you have to look through display settings and to see which printers are installed admins need to move to the printers area.

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 Microsoft Windows Vista offers a reporting tool called System Information, which provides an easier way to view all system's settings at once. To use it, open the Start menu, select All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> System Information program. The System Information program shows your exact operating system version. However since Microsoft Windows Vista has multiple versions, (including Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Business), and each has been released and updated, it's important to remember that one Windows Vista Business installation may have a later version number than another.

By clicking the plus sign (next to Hardware Resources) the Components or Software Environment sections will open so you can view your Window Vista System Settings. And by clicking "Display," for example, you can view your screen's current resolution. Should you wish to see a list of all the installed printers, simply click "Printing".

While you cannot directly change system settings inside the System Information program, it is a helpful as you can view all settings from one location, and saves you from having to hunt through several different Control Panel groups to locate the settings you want to know more about.

It is also a good idea to occasionally print your system information settings -- the printout can come in handy if something happens to your monitor or other settings.

About the author:
Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He has also worked for various software firms in testing and analytics, and also has experiences deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.

This was first published in May 2007

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