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April 14, 2016 at 4:59 am


Ive been going around in circles with this one

Ive readup on WMI and trid tweaking examples online to no avail. Im using WMI as it has remoting capablities.

I need to query the date a folder was created i tried a zillion different combinations but cant get it to work. My last attempt that demonstrates my thinking is below is below

Get-WmiObject Win32_Directory -computername $computer -filter 'Drive="C:" and Path="\\users\$user"' | select-object creationdate

I need to get the folder date of the user folder and then intend to round of the date then compare this with the dates of other users folders and select the oldest.

I tried get-item etc. but I'm not aware of any PowerShell cmdlet that will let me get this info remotely.

I'm using powershell 4

I dont want to tamper with the remote machines settings regarding winrm windows remoting so wont be using invoke-command on this occasion

Let me know where im going wrong


April 14, 2016 at 5:11 am

Try this:

Get-WmiObject Win32_Directory -ComputerName $computer -Filter "Name = 'C:\\users\\$user'" |
Select-Object -ExpandProperty CreationDate

April 14, 2016 at 5:16 am

The date will be in WMI format. To translate:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Directory -Filter "Drive='C:' AND Path = '\\users\\$user\\'" | select Name, @{N='Creation date'; E={$_.ConvertToDateTime($_.CreationDate)}}


Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Directory -Filter "Drive='C:' AND Path = '\\users\\$user\\'" | select Name, CreationDate

April 14, 2016 at 5:21 am


Ive tried below

Get-WmiObject Win32_Directory -ComputerName $computer -Filter "Name = C:\\users\\$user" | Select-Object -ExpandProperty CreationDate

Got the error below

Get-WmiObject : Invalid query "select * from Win32_Directory where Name=c:\\users\\bicard"
At line:1 char:1
+ Get-WmiObject Win32_Directory -computername win7vm2-pc -filter "Name=c:\\users\\ ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-WmiObject], ManagementException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : GetWMIManagementException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetWmiObjectCommand

That particular error has occurred with many other attempts. Does it have to do with the creation date being an array. iw ould imagine the creationdate property is one object ?

April 14, 2016 at 5:23 am

Hmm, that's odd. There should be single quotes around 'c:\\users\\$user'. I'm not sure if I forgot to type them, or if our forum software is being "helpful" again. 🙂

April 14, 2016 at 6:20 am

Its down to the single quotes being missing. CreationDate is a single date time value

Name : CreationDate
Value :
CimType : DateTime
Flags : Property, ReadOnly, NullValue
Qualifiers : {read}
ReferenceClassName :

the format is specific to WMI

April 14, 2016 at 6:29 am

That work great now Dave 🙂 thanks. I'm blaming my fuzzy monitor display for not seeing those ' '

Where I was going wrong is with the double backslashes in the in the path c:\\users\\bicard"

Thanks for info Richard. I'm gonna run through those Shortly

April 14, 2016 at 6:30 am

Not your fault, the quotes really were missing (probably my mistake). I edited my original post to add them in.

April 14, 2016 at 6:31 am

Maybe you can revert to CIM, like this:

Get-CimInstance -Query "ASSOCIATORS OF {Win32_Directory.Name='C:\Users\$user'} Where ResultClass = CIM_Directory"  | Select-Object Name,CreationDate