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Five Apps: Audit your PCs information for free

Five free apps that collect PC information

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If you're looking to audit your PCs, you need to have the right tools to handle this task. If you're in a very small company, with one or two PCs, gathering this information isn't a challenge to your schedule. If, however, you're looking at 10 or more machines to be audited, you'll want to have a hand in the process of collecting this data.

Fortunately, there are plenty of software titles out there to help you out with this task. I have gathered up five such tools so you don't have to go searching for them. Out of these tools, there will certainly be one or two that will stand up to your needs. Let's dive in and see what each has to offer.

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6 comments
2synergy
2synergy

And why SpiceWorks is not listed as a top 5 enterprise central management solution - tested and proven to work with millions of clients ?

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

Belarc also reports all Windows & MS application product IDs and installation keys. Takes rather a long time to run though, probably because of doing all those MS security audits.

I can't believe you completely ignored CPUID / CPUZ which, although it reports less comprehensive data in some areas, is completely free and very fast, and also has a no-install version. Great for running from a flash disk, and it generates a neatly formatted report (plain text or html) which you can easily save back to the same flash drive.

gdavis
gdavis

I use WinAudit.  It can be run in a logon script and write the information to an HTML file on a shared server.  It can also gather the computer information to a database for even more granular reports.

replytoaghar
replytoaghar

Unfortunately, the  Belarc asks you to register & once you do they start hammering you with junk mail. LookInMyPC demands payments for anything other than a simple scan.

That being said, the given software do give you entry level info regarding your system "nothing that you can't see via Windows".

If you want something more advanced & illustrated then go for aidia64, with the modern systems even it's trial report beats every single software mentioned above. You can do as deep as you like & it will show you a simple report if that's what you want.

Prentom
Prentom

Oops, think you forgot to blot out you Win 7 product key.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

@replytoaghar 

Ummm... since when? I've been using Belarc for years and never once given them my email address.