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I once saw a guy run a command and got a list of all installed applications on his computer. How do I do this?

I would like a list of my currently installed applications. I believe he used WSH somehow.

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If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7 and you didn't want install additional software, you can:

  1. Open a command-line window (Windows + R, CMD.EXE)
  2. Type wmic (Enter)
  3. Type product get name (Enter)
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+1 There's not much about your machine that WMI can't tell you these days. –  GAThrawn Nov 10 '09 at 20:15
Didn't know about this +1 –  MrStatic Nov 10 '09 at 20:39
Classy and useful –  Guy Thomas Nov 10 '09 at 21:11
here it says that Win32_Product will not give all the information about the installed softwares. That means, it will not list all the softwares. The reason for this is, win32_product queries the MSI database to get the list. But there will be many softwares which will not have a entry in it as they got installed from exe's. In this case querying the uninstall registry key gives information about these softwares. –  Miserable Variable Jun 25 '12 at 18:40

PsInfo from Microsoft/Sysinternals can list all the installed software if you use the -s flag when you run it. You can also use -c to output it as a csv file to use in Excel for example.

C:\> psinfo -s > software.txt
C:\> psinfo -s -c > software.csv
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also works unter Win XP in contrast to WMI solution –  Gerd Klima Nov 10 '09 at 20:56

PowerShell script to list them:

$loc = Get-ChildItem HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

$names = $loc |foreach-object {Get-ItemProperty $_.PsPath}

foreach ($name in $names)
Write-Host $name.Displayname

Not exactly command line, but for this purpose I personally use CCleaner's uninstall tool, you can export the list of installed software to a text file:

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+1 for CCleaner. –  JMD Nov 10 '09 at 19:40

Not exactly command line either, but trusty old SIW will do the job as well. highlight Applications, right click > Export To > CSV, HTML, TXT or XML

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SIW is freeware and portable, no installation required.

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Powershell for great justice!

Creates a nice Excel Sheet as well.

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The CCleaner solution above seems like a decent way to go about it, unless you're determined to use the command-line. I've used CCleaner before, it's a good tool But don't assume that everything is registered in the Add/Remove Programs applet (the same list). There are plenty of apps that use xcopy-style installation, i.e. simply unzip this archive and run. Those will not show up in the list.

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There is a portable application called Showmysoft. It will show the installed software on the local machine and remote machines and can export to PDF and to CSV. Installation is not required. Download from http://spidersoft.in/showmysoft/.

The minimum system requirement is Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

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