Fix for Error System Information cannot open this NFO file in Windows XP


When you open an .nfo file which is stored in a folder that contains spaces in the name, an error may occur mentioning that the NFO file could be corrupt. For example, you may be able to open the file directly from C:\ but if you place the file in D:\My Logs, you’ll get the following error:

System Information cannot open this NFO file. It might be corrupted or an unrecognized version.

Although I don’t understand why the System Information Tool does not resolve long file name parameter, here is a workaround that ought to help.

1. Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe

2. Navigate to the following location:


3. Double-click (default) and change the existing data from:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo\MSInfo32.exe /msinfo_file %1


C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo\MSInfo32.exe /msinfo_file “%L”

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

System Information (.nfo) files should now open correctly.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

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