Everest Home Edition
EVEREST Home Edition is a free, all-round system diagnostics tool that fetches important information on the computer's hardware and software configuration, helping users figure out what's under the hood and use this data when switching to another Windows version or purchasing a resource-demanding video game, for example.
Before proceeding any further, users should know that this project has been discontinued several years ago and superseded by AIDA64, a paid application. However, EVEREST Home Edition still works on later OS editions.
No installation required
Users may simply copy the package file in any part of the hard disk and directly launch the executable file, since EVEREST Home Edition does not require installation. Since it is portable, it can also be saved to a pen drive or other removable storage unit, in order to run it on any PC. Unlike most installers, this tool does not modify Windows registry settings.
User-friendly interface with neatly organized system info areas
Wrapped in a classical window with system details broken down into separate categories, users may seamlessly explore each area to find out more about their computer's inner workings when it comes to general information as well as details related to the motherboard, display, multimedia, storage, network and DirectX.
Run benchmarks to test memory reading and writing capabilities, memory latency
Advanced users may thoroughly investigate the PC's skills by running tests on the memory when it comes to reading, writing and latency. It is possible to generate reports for the system summary only, hardware-related or benchmark pages, or for a custom selection.
Configure a wide array of program settings
When it comes to EVEREST customization, users may change the UI language, display the app in Control Panel and select the PC's main purpose to optimize settings (standard, 3D gaming, server), change the layout elements, personalize the reports (e.g. font type and color), write comments, enable email notifications, handpick the exact system areas to show in the overview, add custom components to the list, and more.
Evaluation and conclusion
When it is in idle state, EVEREST runs on low system resources (evidently, this situation changes when running benchmarks). It loads information rapidly at startup and shows accurate details. Although the project has been discontinued, it still runs smoothly on later operating systems.
All in all, this free and simple-to-use utility delivers useful information concerning the PC's software and hardware configuration. Those looking for additional features may look into the AIDA64 versions and pick one that best suits their preferences.