Description of Microsoft System Information (Msinfo32.exe) Tool

Applies to: Windows 7Windows 8.1Windows 10


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:

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