If you’re planning to reinstall your Windows system, things will be a lot easier if you have a list of all the installed software. Reinstalling your computer system for whatever reason can be a pain in the neck to reinstall it without missing even the ones that are occasionally used. This article will show you different methods on how get a list of all the installed software on your system and generate a list.
Getting a List of All Installed Programs via Command Prompt
This is the easiest way to get a list of all the installed software on your system. Here’s how:
STEP 1: Press Windows + [R], then type in “cmd” and then press [Enter].
STEP 2: On the Command Prompt, copy and paste this command “wmic /output:D:\InstalledSoftwareList.txt product get name,version” then press [Enter].
NOTE: Windows will now scan your system and save the list in the form of a text file. You can find the text file in the location you entered above.
Getting a List of All Installed Programs via PowerShell
If you are used to using PowerShell, you can also get a list of all installed software from it. To do this:
STEP 1: Press Windows + [R], then type in “powershell” and then press [Enter].
STEP 2: Enter the command shown below, then press [Enter].
Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Name > D:\InstalledSoftwareList.txt
NOTE: Don’t forget to change the file path as required. If you will notice the command above, it is using the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) to get the list. If you didn’t see all the installed software on your system, then try the below command. Again, customize the file path as needed.
Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate | Format-Table –AutoSize > D:\InstalledSoftwareList.txt
Getting a List of All Installed Programs via CCleaner
If you don’t like to use the Command Prompt or PowerShell, then you can use the popular system cleaning utility CCleaner to get the list of all the installed software on your system.
STEP 1: To start, install CCleaner if you haven’t already.
STEP 2: Launch CCleaner from the Start menu.
STEP 3: Once open, navigate to the Uninstall tab from the Tools menu showing on the left pane.
NOTE: In here, you will see all the installed software on your system.
STEP 4: To get a list, simply click on the Save to text file button on the bottom-right hand corner.
STEP 5: When the Save As window appears, simply select the destination and name of the file, then click the Save button.