What is System Information (msinfo32)
System Information (also known as msinfo32.exe ) is a tool present in all Microsoft Windows operating systems that allows you to view information about the hardware configuration and computer components, software environment and device drivers installed.
How to start the System Information (msinfo32)
To start system information (msinfo32) press on the computer keyboard keys Windows (is the key with the Windows logo) and R simultaneously.
This opens the Run .
In the Open: we type msinfo32 and we click on OK .
(If you opens the UAC we click on Continue ).
This will open the System Information .
What are the categories of System Information (msinfo32)
The information in system information (msinfo32) are divided into the following categories and subcategories:
Clicking on the category system resources we view general information about the profile of the computer ( Name andVersion Operating System , System Name , type system , processor , BIOS Version / Date , Boot Device , User Name , Physical Memory (RAM) , File paging .
Conflicts / Sharing
This category displays information to help identify hardware conflicts. Lists the resource conflicts between devices ISA (Industry Standard Architecture), the parallel bus disused used to connect older video cards, sound and network and shared resources from peripheral PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect).
DMA View l ‘ channel list DMA (direct memory access) in use. The DMA is the mechanism that allows devices to directly access the internal memory without involving the CPU.
Forced Hardware Lists the hardware devices in which you turned the PNP ( Plug and Play).
I / OView a list of all port ranges of I / O (input / output) in use and the devices that are using each range. The term I / O means all the interfaces of the system Operating available.
IRQ See the list of IRQ (Interrupt request) available and the devices that use them. Interrupt request is the system used hardware to report events to the CPU.
Memory See the list of address ranges of memory used by devices. The ranges of memory addresses are unique and are used for communication between the devices and the operating system.
Warning: the information on the hardware resources are not available if the computer is started in Safe Mode.
In the Components category contains information regarding the configuration of the system ( Multimedia , Input, Network , Ports , Storage ) and the list of possible devices with operating problems.
Displays information about system drivers installed (name, description, file, type, start mode, status, control error).
Signed Drivers (this category only in Windows Vista and Windows XP) Display driver information system with signature Microsoft digital certificates.
Environment Variables Displays the list of environment variables Windows. Environment variables are strings that contain information about the operating system and the user who is logged on. This information is used by some programs to determine for example the location of temporary files.
Print processesVisualiza information about jobs in the print queue (document, size, owner, notification, status, start time, end time, elapsed time, pages printed, job ID, priority, parameters, driver, print processor, print queue host, data type, name).
Network Connections View information about connected units, network connections and shared resources to which your computer is connected (local name, remote name, type, status, user name).
Running tasks (called Task running in Windows XP) Displays the list of all executables running (name, path, process ID, priority, working set minimum, maximum working set, start time, version, size, file date).
Loaded modules View a list of all modules loaded into memory and related DLL libraries that contain code and data used by multiple programs simultaneously. In the loaded modules contains the following information: name, version, size, file date, manufacturer and location.
Services View the list of services running on the system (display name, name, status, start mode, type of service, location, control error, boot name, tag ID). Program Groups Lists programs that are part of the Start menu for each user who has a profile on the computer.
Startup Programs Lists programs that run automatically from the registry or Startup folder.
OLE RegistrationView object and local server components registered as programs OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) technology developed by Microsoft for creating compound documents (compound document).
Windows Error Reporting View error information generated Event Log, information that we can see through the event viewer .
How to search for specific information in System Information (msinfo32)
If we want to find specific information in system information must type the name of the information you wish to find in the box Find: at the bottom of the window, and click Find .
How to save the information of System Information (msinfo32) in a text file
Let’s see how to export the information of system information in a text file.
We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows and R simultaneously.
This opens the Run .
In the Open: we type cmd , and we click on OK .
(If you open the window UAC we click on Continue ).
This will open the Command Prompt .
We type msinfo32 / nfo C: \ info.txt
C: \ info.txt indicates the path where we chose to save the file info .
We press the button Enter on the computer keyboard and wait for the loading of information.