How to Open and View NFO Files in XP and Vista

Posted August 17, 2006 by MickeyMouse in Windows

Many users who download program files on the internet find it difficult to open or view NFO files. These are just text files and using them is very easy.


NFO files are really “info” files. These text files frequently contain information regarding the installation or use of downloaded packages. Here is how to open and use these files.

If you click on an NFO file without following these directions, you will probably get this error:

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

You can download many programs to view these text files; however, why not just use Notepad to view them?

1. Browse to the NFO file on your computer.

2. Right-click on the file, and click Open With.

(If you are given several options in the menu here, select Choose Program…)

3. Select Notepad under Other Programs.

(In Vista, you might need to actually click the Other Programs drop down arrow on the right of the Open With window.)

4. Make sure that Always use the selected program to open this kind of file is checked.

5. Click OK.

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