By Greg ShultzIf you've ever been tasked with gathering information about a computer for an inventory, before a hardware upgrade, or just to find out if all the most recent hotfixes have been installed, then you're going to love Belarc Advisor.
Belarc Advisor is a free program that builds a detailed profile of all your installed software and hardware, Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, and also provides you with very detailed Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks. The results are then displayed in a nicely formatted HTML report. From your Web browser, you can easily sift through the report information and access Web sites for additional information. However, all of your computer profile information is stored on your system and is not sent to any Web server.
Keep in mind that the license associated with Belarc Advisor allows for free personal use only. Use on multiple PCs in a corporate, educational, military, or government installation is prohibited. Belarc provides additional applications and licensing options for large scale use.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.