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    I have a Dell Inspiron desktop running Windows 10 Home version 2004. I have a 1TB SATA drive which only has about 48GB free. I am using OneDrive to store all me files and I have 1TB of space, with 770GB used but obviously I cannot use all of it because I will fill up my hard drive. The computer is also slow so I have just ordered a Crucial MX500 2TB SSD and plan to do a clean install of Windows. I have a lot of apps installed which I will need to reinstall after the clean install of Windows. In the past I have taken screen shots of the “Programs and Features” Control Panel applet but I wanted to get a list of the apps I can put in Word to keep track of the reinstalls. I did a search and got this website:


    I tried “Using The Windows PowerShell (Get-RemoteProgram)” and “Using The Windows PowerShell (WMIC)” but in both cases the text file it generated was empty. I tried running it without piping it to a text file, figuring I would just copy and paste from the PowerShell Window but nothing was displayed. Perhaps I am doing something wrong?

    Any help would be appreciated. What I am looking for is a text list of all the applications installed on the computer.


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    • #2311559

      I kept looking and tried the method shown at this web page.


      That generated the text file I have attached here but it lists FAR fewer applications than are on the computer. So I took screen shots of Programs and Features and have attached them as a PDF file. Can someone let me know how to generate a complete list of all the applications installed on the computer in text form?


    • #2311562

      Don, check out this link, go then end then scroll up until you see the download link post #2286970 and down load the file. It gives you a lot more info than just the installed programs but you’ll get a tab with that info and there is a button to print the whole report to our Documents directory.

      HTH 😎


      May the Forces of good computing be with you!


      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #2311570

      Hi RG,

      This worked perfectly. Great script. As you mention, it gives me what I was looking for and a lot more. It generated a PS error, pasted below. Just FYI.



      You cannot call a method on a null-valued expression.
      At C:\WINDOWS\system32\CMsLocalPCInfoW10.ps1:2023 char:5
      + $PW = ($PW -Split “:”)[-1].Trim() + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [], RuntimeException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : InvokeMethodOnNull PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

    • #2311591

      The free Belarc Advisor.

      You get detailed report for users, Hardware, Software, license keys, windows updates installed, missing… all in a html reports.

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    • #2311672


      Belarc Advisor worked very well.


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