The right way to Set up and Use Neofetch on Home windows

Neofetch is a great way to showcase your system specs, and while it's very popular on Linux, it is possible to get it working on Windows as well.

Retrieving your system specifications in style, Neofetch is a command line that allows you to display your system information in an aesthetic way. The purpose of Neofetch is to be used for screenshots, so it doesn't provide full information or diagnostics, just the bits that you want other people to see.

With that said, Neofetch is highly customizable and you can customize it to change what it displays and how it is displayed. And although Neofetch is mainly used on Linux systems, it is also available for Windows. If you have Windows but still want to participate, you can install Neofetch on Windows as follows.

How to install Neofetch on Windows

Unlike Linux, you cannot install Neofetch directly from the terminal on Windows. You need to install Scoop first. Scoop is a command line package manager that allows you to install programs through the terminal. Here's how you can install it:

  1. Open Powershell. You can just search over that begin Menu or input Power Shell in the Run app.

  2. In Powershell, enter the following command:
    iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex

    iwr stands for Invoke-WebRequest and starts a session to access something on the web. the iex Commandlet asks Powershell to return an instruction after the command is executed, without iex all instructions will be returned as they were.

  3. Press Enter. Powershell is now installing Scoop.

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If all goes well, you will get a green answer stating Scoop installed successfully. With Scoop installed, the range of things you can do from Command Prompt is now vastly expanded. Time to install Neofetch.

  1. Open command prompt. You can do this in begin Menu or input cmd in the Run app and hit Enter.

  2. At the command prompt, enter the following command:
    Installation of Neofetch

    This command prompts Scoop to install Neofetch.

  3. Press Enter.

Once you've successfully installed Neofetch, the return statement says that Neofetch will suggest installing git. This is a very good suggestion as Neofetch won't work without Git installed. Installing git is very easy.

  1. At the command prompt, enter the following command:
    install scoop git

  2. Press Enter. Scoop will now install git.

There. Now everything is set and you can finally use Neofetch on your Windows device.

Related: A Beginners Guide to Windows Command Prompt

How to use Netofetch on Windows

Once you've installed Neofetch and its dependencies, the effort is over and you can now enjoy your specs with Neofetch. Neofetch is invoked with a simple self-titled command in the terminal.

  1. Open command prompt.

  2. Enter the following command:
    neofetch

  3. Press Enter. Watch and enjoy how your system specifications unfold in the terminal.

If you want to play around with Neofetch and customize things, visit the GitHub page for Neofetch.

How to uninstall Scoop and Neofetch

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with Scoop or Neofetch and want to get rid of them, don't worry. Scoop comes with an uninstall command. You can uninstall Neofetch using Scoop.

  1. Open Powershell.

  2. Enter the following command:
    Uninstall scoop neofetch

  3. Press Enter. Scoop will now uninstall Neofetch and return an instruction stating that it was successfully uninstalled.

You can also completely uninstall Scoop, which will also uninstall Neofetch and any other programs installed with Scoop.

  1. Open Powershell.

  2. Enter the following command:
    Uninstall scoop scoopM.

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Scoop will ask for confirmation. Type Yes and press Enter.

Get more visual

Sure, you can simply scan your system specs from the properties window or even type them in to your friends if you want to share them. But Neofetch has a nice retro wave feel to it that the other methods of showing your specs don't.

Neotech was originally developed for Linux systems, and if you have Linux then you should definitely try Neofetch on Linux.

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Amir M. Bohlooli
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Amir is a pharmacy student with a passion for technology and games. He enjoys playing music, driving cars, and writing words.

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