Recently my brother-in-law supplied me with an old HP desktop tower he wanted worked on. Unfortunately, he had none of the original hardware or software discs and the machine was too old to have a separate restore partition. Note: I used to hate those recovery partitions, now I’ve grown to love them, because no one who’s machine I work on keeps CDs.
Back on topic, I could not determine what Brand/Model # network card he had in the machine as it was third party. So I went hunting for some software. PC Wizard was a quick download and it immediately identified the Brand and Model number so I could download the requisite driver.
However, PC Wizard does a lot more than that. It can supply: Hardware Information, Software Information, System Benchmarks, and a lot more. Check out PC Wizards feature page for a complete list.