I sometimes need to get a quick overview of a computer system that I work on for the first time. Windows Build Audit is a free portable application that can generate Windows system reports in HTML format easily making it ideal for that task.
The Open Source software has a size of less than 300 Kilobytes on the hard drive after unpacking and can be started from any location of the system. Reports can be saved into different locations which means it can not only be run from writable storage devices but also CD or DVDs.
The program can be executed with a double-click, or by running it from the command line with optional command line switches. Switches include the option to run a silent audit without user interaction, more information about that on the program website.
Windows Build Audit generates the report and saves it as a HTML file in a selected location on a connected storage device. The program itself has no graphical user interface, all you get is the window to start the audit and the save to window afterwards. The reports open in any web browser as they are plain html files.
It takes up to a couple of minutes to generate the full report which can then be opened with a double-click from the location it has been saved in to.
The report creates item groups which reveal detailed information about the computer system. Included in the report are information about the users of the system, the installed software, plug and play devices, the computer bios, hardware that includes the cpu, computer memory and network adapters as well as the operating system and version.
Reports are offered in one single file and have a size of less than 100 Kilobytes.
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