Recently, I had store cleaning at my work and I found a quite old 40gb IBM HDD. I was wondering what hardware was installed with it, i.e what CPU, mobo, PCI/ISA cards.
It has Windows XP installed on it. The details of file %system32%\ntkrnlpa.exe confirm it.
I have tried to get into registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION to get any information, but have not found such items in %system32%\config (by loading hive into windows 7 64 regedit.exe with admin permissions).
I found VEN_xxxx&DEV_xxxx data in ControlSet001 registry, but still CPU, mobo is nowhere to be found.
Is there a way to get such information, i.e what CPU, BIOS, mobo?
Quote from wikipedia: "A fifth subkey, "HARDWARE", is volatile and is created dynamically, and as such is not stored in a file"