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How do I use powershell to enumerate all the programs installed on a server?
I want to view all the programs installed, or a particular program and not just view Windows Features installed.
Which version of Windows?
Thank you for the prompt reply.
I have three servers Win 2003, Win 2008 and Win 2012. So I need to know how to enumerate all programs installed on all three.
I particularly need the method for Win 2008.
You can use Win32_Product. That has to be installed on 2003, though – it's on the original install media. It's probably the most reliable universal way.
There are disadvantages to using Win32_Product. It only will report MSI installed applications and will start scan and recofiguration of every MSI on the system. See some articles with a quick search "Win32_Product bad":
I've posted a function to get installed programs using the registry before here:
If it needs to be adapted for remote use, then you can using remoting and Invoke-Expression or using remote registry methods. It's quick and clean to pull information.
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