#1 By: howtogeek, June 14th, 2013 08:03
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165293/how-to-get-a-list-of-software-installed-on-your-pc-with-a-single-command/
Suppose someone asks you for a list of applications you have installed on your computer, what’s the first thing you would think? Third-party program? Not us, we have PowerShell.
#2 By: khamblin, June 14th, 2013 08:56
The first thing I would think is: What program will list ALL my applications, not just the Microsoft applications?
Many programs that search computer applications, never look beyond MS and/or other big-name applications, or they only look in the Program Files folder. I couldn't help but notice that, in your example, the whole list consists of MS programs. There is no mention of where and how Power Shell searches - unless I missed it - so I wonder if the app only concerns itself with certain programs and locations.
#3 By: Lowell Heddings, June 14th, 2013 09:22
This works for any software installed on your PC, no matter the vendor, and two of the screenshots in the article show software that is non-Microsoft.
You should just try it for yourself... after all, it's a single line of PowerShell that you can copy into a shell. Easy.
#4 By: khamblin, June 14th, 2013 09:27
- So, I DID miss it. Thanks for the reply.
#5 By: phasr, June 14th, 2013 10:35
This works swell at the command line. Could it be used in a batch file, and, if so, what might the syntax be?
#6 By: S A C H I N , June 14th, 2013 10:46
I get this:
C:>Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Na
'Get-WmiObject' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
Do i need to install soemthing before firing this query?
#7 By: phasr, June 14th, 2013 11:02
That is what I get also. Hopefully someone has an answer
#8 By: Keith Sellars, June 14th, 2013 11:08
I get the same error. I think something is missing or not quite right.
#9 By: z7b, June 14th, 2013 11:44
This needs to be done in powershell NOT command prompt(start > type 'Windows Powershell or run the command 'powershell.' If you have windows vista+ this will already be installed. If you have XP, you'll have to make sure you've installed powershell.
#10 By: Xhi, June 14th, 2013 12:07
Although I get the point I would still prefer Belarc Advisor, which among other things, gives all software installed including the product keys! I take a Belarc of every computer I work on. It simply tells me a complete description of the whole computer Hadware, Software, Updates, the works.
#11 By: phasr, June 14th, 2013 12:13
I cannot speak for the others, but I am running this command in powershell, and it works as it should. However if I create a batch file to run the command (in powershell) it produces the result that sachin03oct outlined above.
#12 By: Kurt Herzog, June 14th, 2013 12:16
Works for me, just make sure you create the C:\ directory first and use the caps and lower as its printed.
#13 By: z7b, June 14th, 2013 12:26
@phasr save the file as .ps1 rather than .bat. .bat files will run at the command shell ps1 files will run in Powershell. Hope that helps you!
#14 By: David Ruhmann, June 14th, 2013 12:53
If using this command from the command line or a batch file the pipe | operator must be escaped with ^ to prevent it from being parsed by the regular command line parser before being read by the powershell parser.
PowerShell Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product ^| Select-Object -Property Name
#15 By: Rick P., June 14th, 2013 14:51
No problem with Geek original posting !!
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#16 By: Joyce , June 14th, 2013 15:42
I get the list as shown in the article, but when I try the code for exporting the information in a text file, I get all sorts of error messages. I have re-typed -- MANY TIMES -- the entire line as shown in the article but still don't get it to work. Is there something missing from the code line that ends with "> C:\ ...."?
#17 By: phasr, June 14th, 2013 16:11
Ahhh, yes! Now that was the answer I was seeking. Works great....and, thank you!!
#18 By: Don Gateley, June 14th, 2013 16:25
There are two problems with PowerShell. First, it is too rich. Just knowing you can do the above requires a steep and long learning curve as well as a phenomenal memory. Second, there is no Mac version.
#19 By: Rick P., June 14th, 2013 16:31
By the word (rich), you mean Requires Study.
Yes like any language or script or syntax, it does Require one to Learn.
A computing device is not just an instrument for entertainment only.
#20 By: Harry S, June 14th, 2013 16:45
Using PowerShell I did this; PS C:\Users\xxxxx> Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Name > C:\Listy.txt xxxxx being the name of the computer.
But first created a .txt file named Listy in C:\ (or any location you want). Command failed without doing this.
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