What is a good, free way to dump system hardware information to a txt/xml file in Windows 7?
Run the "System Information" tool, then go to File> Save.
It can be found under Accessories > System Tools > System Information in your start menu.
The msinfo32 application is the leanest and most powerful Windows application to get all the information you need and to export (and import) the data.
You have two options to save the system information:
This file contains information on just about everything:
If you want a more automatic approach, you could create a batch file and use command line parameters to this application. You'll find all the parameters on Microsoft's website (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/300887?wa=wsignin1.0)
To open this application: