How to get installed programs, softwares, hotfixes list from a remote computer or server

By | April 25, 2014

Microsoft operating system provide different few built-in tools, some of them can be downloaded from the sysinternals website. Every System Admin is required to know about these tools how to grab the installed software on a  local or remote computer or a server. This feature or option available on all the Microsoft OS like Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows 2012 Server, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 versions.

Tips to grab installed programs or products on a Windows 2003 Server

Microsoft has robust and useful tools from Sysinternals team. ‘psinfo.exe’ would help to collect this information. This wouldn’t be available and not comes along with the OS, hence you need to download from Sysinternals website.

After you download, just extract the zip file and you will see the psinfo.exe file as shown in the above picture.

Here you go how to use the psinfo.exe:

c:\psinfo.exe -s \\computer1 (this command provides the output on the screen)

If you want capture the output in a text file, here you go –

c:\psinfo.exe -s \\computer1 > computer1.txt

If you want to capture the output in a .csv format, here you go –

c:\psinfo.exe -s -c \\computer1 > computer1.csv

There are other few other options of psinfo.exe, follow this step.
How to get the list from Windows 2008 Server?

From command line, run the below from powershell as shown in the picture:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Name

Here is the example how you get the output:
If you want to capture the output into a text file, here goes the command:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Name > C:\temp\installedprograms.txt

How to get the installed programs list from WMIC command on Windows 2008, Windows 7, Windows 2012 computers?

Go to command prompt with admin rights, run like below as shown in the picture:
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