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Description of Microsoft System Information (Msinfo32.exe) Tool

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Windows includes a tool called Microsoft System Information (Msinfo32.exe).  This tool gathers information about your computer and displays a comprehensive view of your hardware, system components, and software environment, which you can use to diagnose computer issues.  


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How to start MSINFO32

Expand your version of Windows below for instructions to run MSINFO32:

Windows 10
  • Type msinfo32 in the Search box.
  • Right-click System Information in the search results and select Run as administrator.
Windows 8.1
  • While on the Start screen, type msinfo32.  (Alternatively, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and select Search. If you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then select Search. Then type msinfo32 in the Search box.)
  • Right-click (or tap and hold) the search results and select Run as administrator
Windows 7
  • Click Start.  Type msinfo32 in the Search box.
  • Right-click msinfo32.exe in the search results, and then click Run as administrator

How to run MSINFO32 using the Command Prompt

You can also run MSINFO32 from an elevated command prompt.  To open the command prompt, type cmd in the Search box.  Then right-click Command Prompt in the search results and select Run as administrator

You can perform the following tasks using the MSINFO32 command-line tool switches:

  • Create .nfo or .txt files that contain your system information.
  • Start System Information connected to a remote computer.
Use the following syntax in the command prompt to run the MSINFO32 command on computers that are running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10:
Msinfo32 [/nfo Path] [/report Path] [/computer ComputerName]


Specifies the file to be opened in the format C:\folder1\ where C is the drive letter, folder1 is the folder, file1 is the file and xxx is the file name extension.

This can be a Universal Naming Convention name, an IP address, or a Fully Qualified Domain Name.

Command options

/nfo {Path}
Saves the exported file as an .nfo file. If the file name that is specified in Path does not end in .nfo, an .nfo file name extension will be appended to the file name.

/report {Path}
Saves the file that is specified in Path in the .txt format. The file name will be saved exactly as it appears in path. The .txt file name extension will not be appended to the file unless it is specified in Path.

/computer {ComputerName}
Starts System Information for the specified remote computer.



To view your System Information, type:
To create an .nfo file in the folder C:\Temp with a name of Test.nfo, type:
msinfo32 /nfo C:\TEMP\TEST.NFO
To create a .txt file in the folder C:\Temp with a name of Test.txt, type:
msinfo32 /report C:\TEMP\TEST.TXT
To view System Information from a remote computer with a UNC name of BIGSERVER, type:
msinfo32 /computer BIGSERVER

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Article ID : 300887
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Created on : 8/6/2019
Published on : 8/7/2019
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