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MSINFO32

MSINFO32

MSINFO32

The MSINFO32 windows command-line tool displays the system information.

CMD Line

CMD Line is a text-based interface that transfers the command from the user to the OS.

CLI-Command Line Interpreter

The command-line interpreter (CLI) for windows is CMD.EXE. Also, you can use PowerShell which can automize many system administration tasks and these tasks are not approachable in command prompt. With the help of the CLI, you can communicate with your system by typing the text in commands. As a result, your system answers to the text that you have typed previously, and then the user can proceed with the next command line that shows up.

To open the Run command Window

Run command window helps you to run programs, open the files and folders. And there are several ways to open up the run command dialog box. This run command box is useful for you to head straight to the destined program easily.

By using the Keyboard shortcut Key:

WINDOWS+R

The shortcut key method to the run command box is the most commonly used one. Also, this method is in all versions of Windows. You need to press the Windows+ R key concurrently to open the Run command dialog box.

Run command box
Run command box

What does the MSINFO32 command do?

The MSINFO32 windows command is for displaying the system information. As a result, this command displays the details about the hardware configuration , computer components , software , and drivers on the computer. The MSINFO32 command is a substitute for WINMSD.

Syntax


Msinfo32 [/pch] [/nfo PathName] [/report PathName]
         [/computer ComputerName] [/showcategories]
            [/category categoryID] [/categories categoryID]

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Parameter Explanation

  • /nfo PathName – This key saves the information as a .nfo file
  • /report PathName- Outputs a text file
  • /computer- This key is to get details from a remote computer
  • /categories- This key Displays or output the specified categories
  • /category- To set focus to a specific category at startup
  • /pch- Displays History View
  • /showcategories- This key is to Start System Information with the category IDs displayed instead of the friendly names or the localized names.
    • For example, when you use this switch, the Software Environment category is displayed as the SWEnv category. SWEnv is a valid categoryID argument for the /category switch and the /categories switch.

The GUI interface will open if there are no options mentioned.

It depends upon the complexity of the system , generation of the text file can take some time.

In case if you have any problem executing MSINFO32 , you can check permissions on the following key

HKLM>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Shared Tools>MSInfo>

Examples

  • For to create a text report file in the folder C:\Folder with the name of files.txt use

msinfo32 /report C:\FOLDER\files.txt

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  • To View System Information for a remote computer use

msinfo32 /computer 

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  • If you want to List all the available category IDs, use

msinfo32 /showcategories

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  • To set focus to a specific category at startup use

msinfo32 /category

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Verdict

In this guide, we have stated the MSINFO32 windows command-line tool with its syntax and examples. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding this article, let us know in the comment section, we will update you shortly.

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