I'm trying to get the full OS-version information of a w32 host in a script (thus: from the cmdline), to be run on a variety of different machines.

For this, i'm using the systeminfo as described in Windows version from CMD

in theory this works great, but i discovered, that systeminfo will output the "keys" in the current language. e.g. (on a german w7 installation):

Betriebssystemname: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

this however, means that the following does not work:

systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name:"

since i don't know the system-languages of the target machines, i would like to make the script language independent (rather than adding exception for "all known" languages).

can i do so?

  • Does wmi work on the German machines with English queries? From the command line, wmic OS get caption for example? Jul 28, 2014 at 10:23
  • wmic seems works to work platfrom independently - and it's way faster than using systeminfo for single keys.
    – umläute
    Jul 28, 2014 at 11:18


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