How to Find Out All Programs Installed on a Computer
The user can discover all the programs that are installed on a computer, in a simple way. This tip is attractive to those who need to format the computer, for example, and do not want to forget to reinstall any important program. It is also useful for anyone who wants to keep track of the installations and find out the manufacturer and version of the software they are using. The trick uses some quick commands and creates the list in the text file, saved on the desktop. Here’s how to use the function in this tutorial for Windows.
Step 1. Click on the Windows Start menu and search for the “Windows PowerShell” feature that is native to the system. When you find it, click it;
Step 2. The blue screen will open to add the commands. Next to your username (after the arrow) type:
“Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate | Format-Table –AutoSize”
You can copy the command using the keyboard shortcuts CTRL + C (copy) and CTRL + V (paste). Press “Enter” on the keyboard;
Step 3. A list of all programs installed on your computer will be displayed on the blue screen. Now you can generate a text file with all of them, to save in the pen drive or in the folder that you want;
Step 4. To do this, go to the end of the list, where your username is again, and after the arrow paste the command
“Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate | Format-Table –AutoSize > C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop\InstalledProgramsList.txt”
Attention: Change “USERNAME” by your username on the computer, respecting uppercase and lowercase letters. Press “Enter” on the keypad to confirm;
Step 5. It’s done. A text file will be created on your desktop (Desktop) listing all programs installed on your computer. The result still shows the software version and the manufacturer.