SIW 7.6.0912

Reviewed by Chad Faith on - Version tested: 2011.10.29

"System Information for Windows"

Overview

SIW - Technician's Version is an essential software utility for finding out important details regarding your computer’s components, operating system and other programs that have been installed on it. The main advantage of SIW - Technician's Version is that it is able to incorporate and display all these technical details in a singular interface.

Moreover, this small but powerful system diagnosis can provide users with data that has been gathered in real-time mode about the functionality of their network or internet connection, central processing unit or RAM memory. In addition, SIW - Technician's Version can also help users recover lost or forgotten passwords.

Installation

Installing SIW - Technician's Version is an easy task and the system requirements are very low. In fact, this application is lightweight and the fully installed version will take just over 2MB of space. On a side note, there is also a portalble SIW - Technician's Version which does not require an installation and which is an ideal tool to carry around if your job requires diagnosing, repairing and maintaining computers.

The SIW - Technician's Version that does require incorporating it in the operating system comes bundled with DriverScanner, but adding this utility is optional. However, DriverScanner is freeware and can come in handy. It is worth mentioning that SIW - Technician's Version has only been designed to work with Windows operating systems, but it can support earlier platforms as well as the 2008 R2 Server version.

Interface

The interface of SIW - Technician's Version is split into three subwindows that incorporate the main options of your computer and operating system. On the left subsection of the SIW - Technician's Version interface, users will be able to view the directories of the OS, the hardware components installed and the network specifications. In the upper right part of the interface, SIW - Technician's Version displays the files that are included in the system subdirectories with their associated interface and description, whereas the content of the files can be viewed in the lower right subsection.

The interface of this program also includes shortcuts to the main functions and the Software, Hardware and Network categories can be accessed via the main menu as well. Overall, the designer focused on creating a comprehensive and well organized method of displaying system statistics that does not require advanced technical levels to understand.

Pros

The SIW - Technician's Version utility boasts an incredible accuracy of locating and displaying information regarding the hardware and software contents of computers. In addition, the ability to monitor the CPU, network or memory in real time is a welcome feature.

Futhermore, this program not only enables users to view the system files and their contents, but also allows them to be edited. However, if you are not one hundred percent sure regarding the effect of your modifications, then it is better to avoid performing them. SIW can also utilize the sensors incorporated in your computer to display the temperature or voltage of its components as well as their current condition.

Users that are unsure of what a startup application does or what program a certain system process belongs to can use SIW to find out by right clicking on them and pressing the Process Description option. In addition, SIW - Technician's Version does an excellent job in retrieving lost passwords. Furthermore, verifying the open ports on your network has never been easier than with the help of SIW. To summarize, SIW - Technician's Version is the ultimate tool to obtain an exhaustive list of details regarding the system in order to diagnose any potential issues.

Cons

It has been argued that SIW - Technician's Version could have used some more detailed explanations for the report log.

Alternatives

Programs such as Hardware Lister, Hardinfo or ASTRA - Advanced Sysinfo Tool fall under the same category, but SIW is by far the most comprehensive open source system diagnosis tools available.

Conclusion

SIW - Technician's Version incorporates an immense number of features considering that the total size of the program is only around 2MB. This powerful system diagnosis tools should definitely be part of any computer technician’s arsenal, as the designer seems to have thought of everything. Moreover, even though you might not be a computer technician, SIW is still nice to have if you ever want to take a look at your system’s specifications or monitor the functionality of your programs.

Requirements: None

What's new in this version: - Added 64-bit build for Technician's Version. - Updated Operating System module: Fixed an 'error code 0x57 (87)' on Windows 10 Insider. Improved support for Windows PE . - Updated devices database. - Minor enhancements and compatibility fixes.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested SIW on 15 Sep 2017 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • McAfee:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
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