Even if your Support Helpdesk is just a dial away, knowing the innards
of your computer is just as important as knowing the software you are
working on. Unlike cars, computers need constant updates of both
software and hardware. For the sake of efficiency, updating these should
be a matter of routine. Take for example, moving from Windows Vista
to Windows7; does your computer hardware support the new OS? Or would it do
better with some drive upgrades? Thankfully, there are free, single click solutions available
which can analyze PC systems and give us a brief on our hardware and the
changes that can be made.
an online tool that does two jobs for us – it analyzes your pc and
identifies the hardware and software components (also up to 10 shared
PCs). Secondly, with a few clicks, one can download all the latest
drivers matching the hardware configuration.
Ma-Config does all the driver detection using a downloadable ActiveX
plug-in. The free service is Windows only
certified by VeriSign. The plug-in is compatible with all the major
browsers like Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The
driver database is provided by TousLesDrivers
Ma-Config makes it easy for both the starter guy and the experienced
hand. There is nothing complicated to install apart from a little
plug-in to start the process to analyze PC systems. Ma-Config moves the
process towards the download of the newer drivers and also gives us a
few more steps to consider like sharing your configuration or recording
it in a PDF document.
Before starting the detection you can change a few of the settings
via the Settings
link given on the left hand side menu of the
homepage. The settings relate to the detail of the detection. For those
not comfortable with the terms, the default settings are good enough.
Click on Start the Detection
to bare the large green button
which tells you to run the detection. The plug-in will analyze the PC
system and generates the report summary. Click on the devices list on
the left menu to get the finer details. You can redetect your system
anytime with a click.
If you now want to update your PC, the large green button marked with
Download drivers compatible with this configuration
, takes you
down that path courtesy of TousLesDrivers
You can share your configuration using a link or with an
email. Or maybe take out a PDF report and mail it directly across. The
PDF report comes in quite handy if you want to send it forth to a vendor
or to a support technician. Trust me, any extra information you can give to a tech...they will appreciate it.
Ma-Config also has an offline mode whereby you can use the plug-in on
a computer not connected to the internet, run the scan and save the
results. The results can then be analyzed on another computer with an
Ma-Config is a web tool and like all web based tools it prevents us
from installing a bulky program. The only minus, some parts of
the website are in French.