As a Windows Server or Desktop Administrator, you’re constantly on the lookout for new and easy ways to gather information about computer systems and client OS.

WMIC – short for Windows Management Interface Command – is a simple command prompt tool that returns information about the system you are running it on. Below I have outlined five of the more useful, simple commands, all of which should work on Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Server.

1.)   wmic csproduct get name,vendor,identifyingNumber – This will output the name of your computer model, the vendor, and the serial number – which for Dell products, is actually the service tag. This is incredibly useful when accessing a machine remotely.

wmic csproduct output

2.)   wmic diskdrive get name,size,model – This will output the model, name, and size of the installed disks, in bytes.

wmic diskdrive output

3.)   wmic os list brief – This will output basic information about the operating system installed on the machine in question. The Serial Number, here, is the Windows License.

wmic os list

4.)   wmic partition get name,bootable,size,type – This will output basic information on the partitions of the hard drive(s) on the machine.

wmic partition output

5.)   wmic memorychip list – This will output detailed information on the RAM chips installed on the machine.

wmic memory output

On thing you will notice is that a lot of these longer commands, the command prompt wraps the text, making it hard to read (#5, especially). While you could expand the command prompt window, it might be easier to simply output the wmic results to text.

In order to do so, simply use the /output:”<filepath&name>” switch. Insert this right after the wmic, but before any other part of the command – for instance, wmic /output:”D:\result.txt” memorychip list will export the following:

wmic output to text

This is only a small – very small – portion of things that can be done with wmic. There are a wealth of resources out there, including plenty of comprehensive guides such as this one – take a look and explore!

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