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Generate a System Information Report using MSINFO32

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

The MSINFO32 report is instrumental in diagnosing hardware and software problems in Windows. This post explains how to generate a system information report using MSINFO32.

System Information Report using MSINFO32

  1. Click Start, and type msinfo32 in the Search box.
  2. Right-click System Information in the search results and select Run as administrator.
  3. In the System Information window, click on the File menu, and click Save.
  4. Save it as “msinfo32.nfo” or any other name you prefer.
    (Note: If you use the “Export…” option, the report gets saved as a .txt file. However, most users prefer .nfo because it can be opened using the Msinfo32 utility.)
  5. Once saved, right-click on the .nfo file, click Send To, and select “Compressed (zipped) folder.”

    Note: As you can see from the above screenshot, compressing the .NFO file has reduced the file size by 95%. It’s advisable to zip the .NFO file before uploading or emailing it to someone.
If you run MSINFO32 without Administrator privileges, it may show some drivers as stopped when they are not. This is because the cache for this information requires Administrator privileges to update. To avoid this issue, make sure to run MSINFO32 with Administrator privileges.

MSINFO32 is not able to provide hardware information when run in Safe Mode. While Microsoft System Information can be run in Safe Mode, it is limited to displaying information about system components and the software environment.

Using MSINFO32 command-line

Alternatively, you can generate a system information report using the following command-line syntax (from Admin Command Prompt):

Msinfo32 /nfo {Path}


MSInfo32 /nfo d:\users\ramesh\desktop\report.nfo


To save the report as a text file (instead of .NFO), you can use the following command-line:

Msinfo32 /report {Path}


MSInfo32 /report d:\users\ramesh\desktop\report.txt

As said earlier, the .nfo format is preferred because the file type can be opened using the Msinfo32 utility.

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