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Why does Win32_BaseBoard return no instances in PowerShell?

wmic path "Win32_BaseBoard" get "Model"
  • That's not a PowerShell command - did you mean gwmi Win32_BaseBoard -Property Model? Also, what is your OS? Is this a virtual machine? – Ben N Apr 10 '16 at 19:11
  • I am sure I can run this command in PowerShell and I am sure this it's wmic. I am running it on a physical machine which is a Surface Pro 3. – xtu Apr 11 '16 at 21:14
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Why Does Win32_BaseBoard returns no instances in PowerShell?

wmic path "Win32_BaseBoard" get "Model"

The above is not a PowerShell command, it is a wmic command.

It returns no instances (an empty string) because the value Model has not been set by the manufacturer of your motherboard.

I have the same behaviour on my Sony laptop.

F:\test>wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer, version, serialnumber, model
Manufacturer      Model  Product  SerialNumber  Version
Sony Corporation         VAIO     N/A           N/A
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    Wait, isn't there a difference between a lack of instances and an instance with a blank value for a particular field? – Ben N Apr 10 '16 at 20:49
  • @BenN I suppose there could be. – DavidPostill Apr 10 '16 at 21:14
  • I am getting 'no instance available' rather than blank value. It's different. The command just returns fine the other day. What could be the cause of getting 'no instance'? – xtu Apr 11 '16 at 21:13
  • @xtu No idea :/ – DavidPostill Apr 11 '16 at 21:23

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