I'm bored so I'll just say that if your bored as well... open command prompt (I use Windows XP, I don't know what other versions it will work in, I should work with 2k but don’t know about 9x versions) then type systeminfo
You will get a list of some basic info ie
So if you want a list of info your windows system can give you without crashing use systeminfo...
Also if it doesn’t work for you (and you are using Windows XP) it relies on a certain service to run.. From memory I think it is the 'Event Log' service
The nicest part is that you can log the output to a text file :
c:\> systeminfo >> test.txt
Since it shows hotfixes applied etc, it would make a nice addition to a script that tells you which machines need updating.. just get it to send the textfile to a network share and give it a specific name, and you've got a little inventory of your hardware !