How to Open the System Information Panel on Windows 10 or 8

System information provides a quick way to get information about your system, but the way you open it depends on the version of Windows that you are using. Here's how to do it.

Windows 7 or 10: use the Start menu

If you are using Windows 7 or 10, press Start, type "system information" in the search box, and select the result.

The System Information window opens, giving you access to all kinds of information about the hardware and software environment of your PC.

Windows 7, 8 or 10: use the run box

For some reason, typing "system information" in a startup search does not work in Windows 8. Instead, you will need to use the Run dialog box, which you can also use in Windows 7 or 10 if you prefer.

Click Windows + R to open the Run box. Type "msinfo32" in the "Open" field and press Enter.

You should immediately see the System Information panel.

You can also find the msinfo.exe executable in the Windows System32 directory, if you want to create a shortcut for even easier access.

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