System Properties overview

You can use System in Control Panel to do the following:

View and change settings that control how your computer uses memory and finds certain information.

Find information about hardware and device properties, as well as configure hardware profiles 

View information about your network connection and logon profile.

Report system and program errors to Microsoft or your system administrator when they occur.

You can change performance options that control how programs use memory, including paging file size, or environment variables that tell your computer where to find some types of information. Startup and recovery options indicate which operating system your computer uses when it starts and which actions it performs if the system stops unexpectedly.

Information about hardware and devices is also available in System. Use the Add Hardware Wizard to install, uninstall, or configure certain types of hardware. Device Manager shows you which devices are installed on your computer and allows you to change device properties. You can also create hardware profiles for different hardware configurations.

Using System, you can view network and logon information, such as your computer name or DNS domain name. You can also see details about your domain or workgroup membership, or start the Network Identification Wizard and connect to a network. A user profile contains the personal settings associated with your logon configuration.

You can report system and program errors to Microsoft or your system administrator so they can track and address the errors.

You must be logged on as an administrator to the local computer or have appropriate network privileges to make certain changes in System.

Hardware profiles overview

Setting environment variables

User profiles overview

Using Device Manager

Using Add Hardware

Managing your computer's performance

Choosing recovery actions if Windows stops unexpectedly

System and program error reporting overview



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