Sep 27 2008

Get a List of all Installed Programs in Vista from your Command Line

Here’s a quick way to list all the programs installed on your computer using the command line interface. You can also export the list to an HTML or text file for printing.

The first thing we need to do is open a command Prompt.

  1. Click the Start Orb and type CMD in the search box.
  2. Click cmd.exe at the top of the search results.
  3. At the Cmd prompt type wmic and hit enter.
  4. You will now see wmic:root\cli>Type product get name,version hit enter.

Now after a few moments all you’re installed programs with their version numbers will be listed.

If you want to export the list to a HTML file, type /output:c:\ProgramList.htm product get name,version
or if you prefer a text file type /output:c:\ProgramList.txt product get name,version

You can also change the name and location of the file by replacing “c” and Programlist.txt to whatever you prefer.

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    18 Comments on this post


    1. Greatful Reader said:

      Thanks a million mate – I’ve been trying out scripts all day, but they all give only 40 of my 140 programs. Fancy having a utility like this pre-installed! You’re the greatest!

      October 28th, 2009 at 11:19 am
    2. Kevin said:

      @ Greatful Reader, Your very welcome.

      October 30th, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    3. sam said:

      can also be used to get patches etc
      wmic:root\cli>/output:C:\InstallList.txt QFE get

      February 19th, 2010 at 1:42 am
    4. Octagonpeg said:

      This description only prints out applications for the CURRENT USER ( in this case KEVIN).

      If you want all the Applications such as I needed to re-install a similar setup on a new machine, you need to to go to the ROOT level…and THEN enter the command as posted.

      March 24th, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    5. Octagonpeg said:

      …Actually this command is still missing a lot of installed apps. I am comparing the lists I got, with a visual scan of installed apps.
      Needs to be another way…

      March 24th, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    6. Octagonpeg said:

      the absolute best solution for thi sis to download a fee application called “Belarc Advisor”…

      This will print ouot everything you ever wanted to know about your computer.

      March 24th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    7. LRG said:

      Here are some key features of “AndiCar”:

      ? work with multiple cars, drivers, currencies, measurement units, etc.
      ? all reports can be exported as csv or html file to the SDCARD or can be send as email attachments
      ? database backup and restore to/from the SDCARD
      ? easy recording of mileages, refuels or other expenses
      ? multiple expense types in order to differentiate your expenses. For example expenses supported by your employer or sported by you.
      ? multiple expense categories for accurate calculation of the mileage cost
      ? configurable main screen

      December 17th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    8. vaibhav said:

      Hi Can you please provide us the command to get the software list from a remote computer

      April 11th, 2011 at 5:46 am
    9. Elmont Maake said:

      The following command can be used to get a list of software installed from a remote computer:

      wmic /node:”Computer_Name” product get

      September 2nd, 2011 at 4:19 am
    10. Elmont Maake said:

      I have writen an application in VB that can help get a list of all software installed from a remote computer and select a software you wish to uninstall without disturbing the user,let me know if you need any asistance.(

      September 2nd, 2011 at 4:27 am
    11. n3xus said:

      Thanks a million. That was so simple.

      April 25th, 2012 at 8:52 pm
    12. Asaf said:


      April 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    13. Robert said:


      This question has been answered online in a thousand different ways, but your answer is 100% simple, 100% on target and doesn’t need any trojan rich 3rd party downloads.

      Nice solution 🙂

      July 11th, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    14. Angel Rodriguez said:

      Thanks for this, along with simply doing a directory dump of all the applications in my “start” menu, I think this covers most of the apps on my pc and I can now rebuild it while feeling mostly safe about not losing any apps.

      July 25th, 2012 at 1:27 am
    15. tony jones said:

      Can this be done for XP also?

      August 14th, 2014 at 11:57 am
    16. Kevin said:

      I dont have an XP system to try it on. but give it a try and see if it works I dont see why it wouldn’t.

      August 14th, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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