Thread: retrieve computer info

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    retrieve computer info


    i was wondering, where to gather the pc info..
    i'm fairly new to c++, only make console applications at the moment..experiment with things a lot

    now i thought, it would be nice if i make something, that shows the info of my pc. Like the processor/cpu, ram, what removeble drives are in my pc and stuff like that. Maybe even what os i'm running. It is probably stored by windows somewhere, but i have no clue where to go look for it, maybe some info on that, and to read the specific file where it's stored, how can that be done best.

    Best regards

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    Master of the Universe! velius's Avatar
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    Check the MSDN at and search for base services as well as the registry Win32 API calls.
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    I been rackin' out my brain
    It don't matter how we make it
    'Cause it always ends the same
    You can push it for more mileage
    But your flaps r' wearin' thin
    And I could sleep on it 'til mornin'
    But this nightmare never ends
    Don't forget to call my lawyers
    With ridiculous demands
    An you can take the pity so far
    But it's more than I can stand
    'Cause this couchtrip's gettin' older
    Tell me how long has it been
    'Cause 5 years is forever
    An you haven't grown up yet
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    Normal vector Carlos's Avatar
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    GetSystemInfo (declared in windows.h) might be helpful:

    VOID GetSystemInfo(
      LPSYSTEM_INFO lpSystemInfo  // system information
    where LPSYSTEM_INFO points to following struct
    typedef struct _SYSTEM_INFO { 
      union { 
        DWORD  dwOemId; 
        struct { 
          WORD wProcessorArchitecture; 
          WORD wReserved; 
      DWORD  dwPageSize; 
      LPVOID lpMinimumApplicationAddress; 
      LPVOID lpMaximumApplicationAddress; 
      DWORD_PTR dwActiveProcessorMask; 
      DWORD dwNumberOfProcessors; 
      DWORD dwProcessorType; 
      DWORD dwAllocationGranularity; 
      WORD wProcessorLevel; 
      WORD wProcessorRevision; 
    Furthermore perform a search for "Getting Hardware Information" on msdn.
    There are also several related projects with source code on

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