Lab – Manage System Files Instruction Answers – ITE v7.0

Lab – Managing System Files


In this lab, you will use Windows utilities to gather information about the computer.

Recommended Equipment

  • A computer running Windows


Step 1: Review the System Information.

a. To open System Information, click Start > Run and type in msinfo32.

b. Click the plus sign next to Hardware Resources, Components, and Software Environment. Expand the window as necessary to see all the content.

c. Under the System Summary heading locate and list the following:

BIOS Version/Date:
Total Physical Memory:

d. Under the Hardware Resources heading, locate and list the following:

DMA channels and the device using the resources.

e. Under the Components heading locate and list the following:

Adapter Description:

Adapter RAM:

f. Under the Software Environment heading, where would you find the applications that automatically load when the computer boots?

g. Close the System Information window.

Step 2: Review the System Configuration.

a. To open System Configuration, click Start, search for msconfig.

Note: Do not make any changes in this utility without instructor permission.

b. Click the General tab.


What are the startup options?

c. Click the Boot tab. This tab is for modifying boot options.

d. Click the Services tab. This tab lists the computers services and status.


Can you enable and disable services at this tab?

e. Click the Startup tab.

In Windows 10 and 8.1, this tab indicates that the Task Manager is used to manage startup items. There is also a link to Startup tab of the Task Manager on this tab.

In Windows 7, this tab lists the programs that are automatically loaded every time you turn on your computer.

f. Click the Tools tab.


What can you do in this tab?

g. Click Cancel to close the System Configuration window.

Step 3: Review DirectX Diagnostics.

a. Open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool by clicking Start, and search for dxdiag.

b. If you are asked to have DirectX check driver signatures, click No.

When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool first opens, it may take a minute to load all information.

c. Make sure the System tab is active.


What does this tool report?

d. Click Next Page until you are at the Display tab.


What information is listed on this page?

e. Click Next Page until you are at the Sound tab.


What information is listed on this page?

f. Click Next Page until you are on the Input tab.


What information is listed on this page?

g. List any additional tabs in your DirectX Diagnostic Tool window below.


What information is listed on these extra tabs?

h. Click Exit when finished.

Reflection Questions

1. Why would it be beneficial to turn off a service in the system configuration?

2. When would you use the startup tab of the system configuration tool?

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