10 Ways to Open System Information Tool in Windows

You’ve probably heard of the Windows System Information Tool. It is an amazing application that provides detailed information about your PC. But how do you access this app in the first place?


To answer that, we’ll cover all the ways to access the System Information app on Windows.


The Start menu search bar allows you to easily open almost any application on your device. You can use this tool to access system settings, built-in apps, and all your third-party apps.

Let’s see how you can use the Start menu search bar to open the System Information app:

  1. Hurry Win + S or click on the Start menu search bar icon on the taskbar.
  2. Type System Information then select the Best match results.

Opening the System Information tool using the Start menu search bar

2. Use the File Explorer Address Bar

You can also use the File Explorer address bar to open various applications. In most cases, this tool is useful if the Start menu search bar is not working.

Now, here’s how to open the System Information tool using File Explorer’s address bar:

  1. Hurry Win + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Type msinfo32 in the file explorer address bar and press Walk in to open the System Information app.

Type msinfo32 in the file explorer address bar

3. Use Run Command Dialog

You can also access the System Information tool using the Run Command dialog box.

Interestingly, the Run Command dialog box can help you access almost any program on Windows. If you want to run third-party programs with the Run Command dialog box, you must first modify some registry settings.

Now, here’s how to open the System Information tool using the Run Command dialog box:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type msinfo32 and press Walk in to open the System Information tool.

Opening the System Information tool using the Run Command dialog box

The Start menu is a great place to access most apps on your device.

Let’s see how to access the System Information tool through the Start menu:

  1. press the To win key or click the Start menu icon on the taskbar.
  2. Scroll down the Start menu items on the left.
  3. Expand the Windows administrative tools option.
  4. Locate and click on the System Information tool.

Selecting the System Information tool from the Start menu items

5. Use System Settings

You can still use System Settings to customize or repair apps on your PC (see how to fix apps on Windows). But did you know that you can open various tools and applications with system settings?

Here are the steps to open the System Information app using System Settings:

  1. Hurry Win + I to open system settings.
  2. Type System Information in the search field and select the appropriate option.

Opening the System Information tool using System Settings

6. Use the Control Panel

Control Panel is a reliable tool that can help you fix most PC problems. Now the best part about it is that it also lets you open various apps.

Here’s how you can use the Control Panel to open the System Information app:

  1. Type Control Panel in the Start menu search bar and select the Best match.
  2. Click it Seen by drop-down menu and select Small icons.
  3. Select System from the list.

System Selection from Control Panel Menu Items

7. Use Task Manager

You’ve probably used Task Manager to close PC programs or analyze system performance. But did you know that this tool gives you easy access to various applications?

Let’s see how you can open the System Information tool using Task Manager:

  1. Hurry Win + X to open the Quick Access menu.
  2. Select Task Manager among the options.
  3. Click it Case tab in the upper right corner and select Run a new task.
  4. Type msinfo32 in the search field and press OKAY to open the System Information tool.

Opening the System Information tool using Task Manager

You can easily open various applications using the executable (.exe) files contained in the System32 folder.

Here are the steps to open the System Information tool from the System32 directory:

  1. Type File Explorer in the Start menu search bar and select the Best match.
  2. Click on This PC on the left side, then double-click the Local disk (C:) options on the right.
  3. Double click on the the Windows case.
  4. Scroll down to the Windows folder and double-click the System32 case.
  5. Locate and double-click the msinfo32 option to open the System Information tool.

By clicking on the msinfo32 option in the System32 folder

Want to make the System Information tool easily accessible?

If so, pin the msinfo32 EXE file to your taskbar. To do this, right click on the msinfo32 option in the System32 folder, then select Pin to taskbar.

9. Use Command Prompt or PowerShell

A person using a Windows device on a desktop

The Command Prompt and PowerShell can help you configure various settings or troubleshoot system issues. Now, you would be happy to know that these tools can help you access apps on your Windows device.

Here’s how to open the System Information app using the command prompt:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type CMD in the search box of the command prompt, or PowerShell for Powershell.
  3. Hurry Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated Command Prompt/PowerShell window.
  4. Type the following command and press Walk in to open the System Information application:
    msinfo32

10. Use System Information Desktop Shortcut

Using windows laptop on brown desk

You can also open the System Information app using its desktop shortcut. If you don’t have a desktop shortcut for this app, here’s how you can create it:

  1. Hurry Win+D to access the desktop.
  2. Right-click an empty space on the desktop, then select New > Shortcut.
  3. Type %windir%system32msinfo32 in the location area.
  4. press the Next button to continue.

Creating the msinfo32 desktop shortcut

Type System Information Application in the Last name box. From there, press the Finish button.

From now on, you can easily access the System Information app by clicking on your desktop shortcut. And if you want to make things easier, you can pin your desktop shortcut to the taskbar.

If you want to quickly find information about your PC, you should check out the System Information tool. And if this app is giving you trouble, you can check your Windows PC specs using other tools instead.

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