Everest displays all kinds of information about the Hardware and Software installed on the PC.
In many occasions, it is useful to know Hardware components installed on our machine. For example, if we want to update graphic card drivers and we don't remember the model, or we want to add new RAM modules and we don't know which kind of memory is installed on the PC. On all these occasions it's useful to use a software that shows us the necessary information quickly and easily.
Everest shows us a great amount of information about our PC, and does so in an organized and consistent way, which simplifies the task of consulting the Hardware and Software components of our Computer.
The amount of information provided by this program is huge, so we can start looking at the summary provided by the program about the Hardware and Software installed on the PC. To access this summary we must click on “Computer->Summary”, which is located on the left side of the program.
The main reports that we can find are:
- Computer: it shows a summary of the most important information about our PC.
- Motherboard: displays motherboard's brand and model, installed microprocessor (CPU), installed RAM, info about BIOS and Motherboard's chipsets (Northbridge and Southbridge)
- Operating System: displays information related to the Operating System installed on PC; name, version, running processes, services installed, installed drivers, usage statistics, and more.
- Monitor: displays information about the installed graphics card (brand/model), the monitor or monitors used, OpenGL libraries installed, and more.
- Multimedia: displays information about installed sound card, audio and video codecs installed, and more.
- Storage: displays information about storage devices and units of the PC. The information is divided into logical disks, physical disks, and optical disks.
- Network: displays data about Windows network (IP, DHCP, gateway, etc.), network card installed, connection speed, proxy information, routes, browser cookies, and more.
- DirectX: displays information about installed DirectX libraries on Windows. Information is divided in: DirectX Files, DirectX Video, DirectX Sound, DirectX Music, and DirectX Inputs.
- Hardware devices: here we can see detailed information about installed Hardware devices. The view is very similar to the one displayed by Windows in the “Device Manager”.
- Software: we'll see a list of installed software, software that start at Windows start, scheduled tasks, license numbers of the installed software and more.
All these data can be collected and saved in an HTML report that can be printed or uploaded to the Internet and shared with other users.
We also have a series of tools for testing and performance, which will show the capabilities of our PC:
- Hard disk performance test: this test measures hard disks performance: SCSI, ATA, RAID, ZIP drives, flash disks, etc. It runs different reading and writing tests to determine the level of performance of the selected hard drive. We must be careful, because some of writing tests can lead to data loss on the hard disk, so we should use this feature with caution.
- Memory and cache performance: this test performs various tests on installed RAM, and displays data about the reading speed, writing speed, copying speed and memory latency.
- Monitor: here we find a number of utilities that will help us to calibrate colors, brightness and saturation of the Monitor. This is a very good tool to make the best use of the capabilities of our Monitor.
- System stability test: this utility runs a series of “stress” tests in which puts the machine's resources to the limit to measure his response. Once the test has finished, we can see a report about the performance of different elements that have been tested (memory, hard disk, processor, etc).
- Everest CPUID: this simple utility displays a full report with the data of the Microprocessor installed on the PC: name, manufacturer, clock speed, cache L1, L2 cache, set of instructions, etc.
Everest emerged in the year 2004 as a substitute for the free program AIDA32, adding more features and adding a commercial version-oriented professionals. In November of 2010 this program stopped his development and was replaced by the program AIDA64. Even so, Everest can be used, and is useful for those “old” PCs assemblies before the year 2011.
It is possible that at the end of the installation of the program, if we mark the checkbox “Launch EVEREST Ultimate Edition”, we receive the following error:
“Impossible to run the file c:\Program Files\Lavalys\EVEREST Ultimate Edition\everest.exeCreated Process Failed; code 740. Required operation requires elevation.”
This error is not important, we can ignore it and launch the program from the Start Menu.
The software is paid and allows evaluation during 30 days. The evaluation version will hide certain data in the reports, so we will not be able to see complete information unless we purchase the program.