What is System Information?

System Information (also known as msinfo32.exe) shows details about your computer's hardware configuration, computer components, and software, including drivers.

Open System Information by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type System Information, and then, in the list of results, click System Information.

System Information lists categories in the left pane and details about each category in the right pane. The categories include:

  • System Summary. Displays general information about your computer and the operating system, such as the computer name and manufacturer, the type of basic input/output system (BIOS) your computer uses, and the amount of memory that's installed.

  • Hardware Resources. Displays advanced details about your computer's hardware, and is intended for IT professionals.

  • Components. Displays information about disk drives, sound devices, modems, and other components installed on your computer.

  • Software Environment. Displays information about drivers, network connections, and other program-related details.

To find a specific detail in System Information, type the information you're looking for in the Find what box at the bottom of the window. For example, to find your computer's Internet protocol (IP) address, type IP address in the Find what box, and then click Find.


  • You can save System Information by clicking File, clicking Save, typing a name for the file, and then clicking Save again. Windows saves this information in the NFO file format. If you have trouble opening this file, you can save System Information in the TXT file format by clicking File, clicking Export, typing a name for the file, and then clicking Save.

For technical information—intended for administrators and IT professionals—about how to use System Information, go to the Microsoft website for IT professionals.

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