If you’re a Windows user and a hardware enthusiast who enjoys monitoring component performance, temperature, and other data, you’re in luck with Windows 11.
The latest free update of Windows 11 brings built-in functionality that allows you to easily keep track of your processor, graphics card, RAM memory, and more, without the need for external programs. This is made possible through simple and convenient widgets integrated directly into the operating system. Let’s explore how you can leverage these widgets to your advantage.
Widgets in Windows 11
Recently, Microsoft has placed a strong emphasis on the use of widgets, recognizing their usefulness and visual appeal. In the case of Windows 11, the focus is not just on displaying the time or calendar, but also on providing information about the internal components of your PC.
Using these widgets is straightforward. Similar to any other widget, you can easily download and add them to your main screen, placing them wherever you prefer. The customization options are extensive, allowing you to include specific components such as the CPU, GPU, or any combination that suits your needs. You can also arrange and distribute them on the screen according to your preference.
These widgets offer a more visual and direct way to access information, such as real-time processor speed, memory usage, Wi-Fi or Ethernet speeds, and even GPU temperature. Additionally, they provide buttons for quick actions, such as terminating a process that may be placing a heavy load on the CPU.
Enabling the widgets is as simple as navigating to the widgets section within Windows 11 and adding them to your display (+). This can be done by pressing Windows + W. However, it’s important to note that you’ll need the new Dev Home application for Windows 11, which is still under development and may contain some bugs.
To download the application, visit the official Windows website, where you’ll find a secure and completely free version. Here’s the link for your convenience.
This new tool not only monitors your PC components, but it also offers additional features that you may find useful and interesting. Windows describes it as follows:
Dev Home serves as a control center that allows you to manage all your workflows and coding tasks in one centralized place. It includes a streamlined configuration tool, enabling easy installation of apps and packages from a centralized location. It also provides extensions to connect with your developer accounts, such as GitHub, and offers a customizable dashboard equipped with a variety of developer-focused widgets, providing you with the information you need at your fingertips. Moreover, this tool is an open-source project, welcoming community participation.
So, if you’ve ever been curious to monitor your graphics card’s temperature while running demanding games or check the CPU usage percentage, now you can easily and safely access this information through the convenient features Microsoft has brought with Windows 11.
If you decide to give it a try, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and impressions about this new tool in Windows 11. Feel free to share your comments with us.