System Information utility

Definition of System Information utility in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is System Information utility?

A Microsoft Windows 98 utility that helps technical support personnel troubleshoot the system by gathering system configuration information on the installed hardware and software.

Graphic S-24. System Information utility.

How It Works

The System Information utility gathers information from the registry, from initialization files, and from the operating system modules that are currently running. It displays the information in a hierarchical view, organized in three major categories:

  • Hardware Resources:
    Includes information about IRQ settings, I/O ports, and memory address ranges


  • Components:
    Includes information about the status of device drivers and networking and multimedia software


  • Software Environment:
    Shows a snapshot of all software currently loaded into memory, including drivers, operating system modules, running tasks, system hooks, and OLE registration information