Enterprise Software

Gather detailed system information with Belarc Advisor

By Greg Shultz

If 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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About

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.

16 comments
IMDB
IMDB

"Belarc Advisor Current Profile" "Software Licenses" in Google will bring up a nice preview of the information from you machine that BELARC has discovered. I loved this program until I found out everyone can love my info too!

rail46ph
rail46ph

It does not show the number of physical hard drives (SCSI), if configure in RAIDS.

bkrateku
bkrateku

I've used it for several years and still turn to it if I need more info than what I can get out of the OS. Also gives you some info that the OS masks or says is something else so that you don't screw something up. Very handy for hardware upgrades and checking on installed updates and the like.

gypsy2
gypsy2

I've used Advisor for years and found it excellent. A neighbor had a computer problem and her techie asked what type of unit she had. Instead of saying "duh, I dunno", she started Advisor and gave all the specs of her system. She dazzled the techie who knew right away not to try baffling her with BS or try to oversell repairs. Advisor is a great little program and no PC should be without it.

r23nor
r23nor

I have been using this application for about 10 years now and I'm very surprized that it is only being discovered now by a lot of people. I wouldn't be without it in my tools.

dspeacock
dspeacock

Looks better than what I've used for many years - LanAuditor.

robin
robin

Looks like a useful tool, but how do you get hold of it and is there a corporate version? If there is, how much does the corporate version cost?

BelarcGuy
BelarcGuy

The Belarc Advisor keeps your profile private. Those profiles you see on the Internet are posted by their owners.

hen770
hen770

this another issue that the CIS benchmark not support in VISTA.

PhilBlit
PhilBlit

A reliable synapsis of the system. Highly recommended.

moxeyd.lwp
moxeyd.lwp

To download. Go to Belarc.com/free_download.html

dsettl
dsettl

Go to belarc.com/free_download.html

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet moderator

on a 6 year old thread??? Gee, I wonder if IMDB will read your comment?

gpaulgar
gpaulgar

I DID have to look up the word, so I'm not as smart as I try to make myself appear. On the other hand, I DID find a good definition of synapsis, i.e. the currently unexplained phenomenon of two homologous chromosomes coming together and lining up side-by-side resulting in a ... NOW I must go look up homologous (sigh)...

john3347
john3347

You look up homologous, and I'll look up meiosis, then we will compare notes. Thank goodness for WordWeb.