Shortcut to System Properties Box and what it does

The system properties box holds valuable information about your computer. It also allows you to change and edit important settings. This article focuses on the Windows Xp system properties box. If you have Windows Vista please How to open the System properties box in Windows Vista. That one can apply to Windows Seven as well. Also see how to open system properties in windows 8.

Here are three easy ways to get to the system properties box:

  1. Press the Windows key and the Pause Break button at the same time. How easy is that? Some keyboards no longer have a pause break key though…
  2. Or go to Start menu>control panel>system
  3. Or go to the Start Menu and right-click on My Computer and select Properties

What is in the system properties box?

GENERAL TAB: This shows what version of Windows (Xp Home or Pro etc) you have on your computer, who it is registered to, your CPU speed (eg: 2.2ghz), and how much ram (memory) your computer has.

system properties box

SYSTEM RESTORE: This tab allows you to turn system restore on or off and change settings. You can tell system restore to monitor a certain hard drive by individually choosing a drive form the list and then clicking on the settings button.

system restore, system properties box

COMPUTER NAME: You can view and change your computer name here. Simple press the change button to change your computer name. You can also see which workgroup your computer is in. See the screenshot below. My computer is in the MSHOME workgroup. It is advisable to have all computers that are on the same network in the same workgroup to avoid connection problems.

computer name, system properties box

AUTOMATIC UPDATES: Change your settings for automatic updates here. Allow them, Schedule them, or turn them off. It is not recommended to turn automatic updates off because you will leave your computer venerable and open for attack. Automatic updates provides your computer with important security updates from Microsoft.

automatic updates, system properties box

HARDWARE: Here you can access device manager which is a list of devices connected to your computer. For example: Monitor, cd drives, hard drives, video cards, etc. If a yellow exclamation mark shows next to a device in there, it means there is a conflict or problem. There are two more buttons which are driver signing and hardware profiles. These are for the advanced user.

device manager, system properties box

REMOTE: This is where you enable remote access to your computer. Tick the first box if you want to send out a request for remote help or tick the second box to connect to your computer from another one on your network. For example : I sit in the lounge room on my laptop and  I am  actually working on my computer in my office.

remote dektop, system properties box

ADVANCED: This tab is for the advanced user. Do not change settings unless you are familiar with these processes.