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  • Freeware Spotlight — System Information Viewer

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    This topic contains 6 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Ken Sims 5 months, 1 week ago.

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      Tracey Capen
      AskWoody MVP

      Best Utilities By Deanna McElveen They say that information is power, and this holds true with computer diagnostics. The more you know about your syst
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      Ken Sims
      AskWoody Plus

      If you use this utility in a virtual machine, will it show the hardware information for the underlying host?


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      SIV will run on a VM, but most VMs hide the underlying hardware. SIV does OK with Hyper-V, but works best of the actual hardware.

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        Ken Sims
        AskWoody Plus

        I expected that it would run on the VM, and that it would correctly show software-related stuff, but my curiosity is relative to things like temperatures, voltage levels, etc. I’m using VirtualBox for what that’s worth. The VM is Windows 10 Pro 1809. The host is Windows 7 Pro (for now).

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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Ken, run it in the VM and let us know what it does.

        cheers, Paul

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          Ken Sims
          AskWoody Plus

          I haven’t decided yet if I’m even going to download and install it, however if I do, I’ll report the results.

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          Ken Sims
          AskWoody Plus

          I downloaded it and installed it on both the virtual machine and the host. On the host it gave the information that one would expect.

          On the virtual machine it showed a very limited amount of actual hardware information. For System Physical Memory it showed the amount of memory that was allocated to the virtual machine. System BIOS Version reported as VBOX – 1. Video BIOS Version reported as Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 6.0.8 VGA BIOS Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 6.0.8. Primary Desktop Display #1 reported as VirtualBox Graphics Adapter (WDDM).

          Status > Cooling Status and Status > Power Status both showed no information at all.

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