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How can I use VB.NET to retrieve hardware information?

How can I use VB.NET to retrieve hardware specific information, such as processor model and speed, amount of RAM and disk space, video card, NIC, etc.?
You're about to get intimate with the System.Management class in the Framework Class Library (FCL). That's the class that wraps the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), which is how the operating system exposes this information. In fact, Zina Pozen wrote a pretty excellent article on using System.Management for MSDN Magazine that'll get you started down the path.

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