Saving the list of installed programs is an important part of backup strategy. Just suppose suddenly you have a Windows failure or any software issue and you need to reinstall Windows. On reinstalling the OS, you’ll miss all the programs installed on your System. If you are having list of your installed Software, you can easily re-install them by getting know that which programs you were previously having.
In this article we will discuss about 4 different ways to get and save a list of installed programs in Windows. We will focus on Windows 10 but these methods can be used for earlier versions of Windows.
Getting the list of installed programs
Through PowerShell Command
Users can easily get list of all installed programs through entering following simple command in PowerShell. Write PowerShell in start menu and open the first result you get.
And write following command into PowerShell
Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate |Format-Table -AutoSize
The list of all installed programs with the install date and name of publisher will be on your PowerShell Screen. Now next step is to export this list to somewhere. Again paste the same command and after this command write
Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate |Format-Table –AutoSize > C:\Users\MahamMukhtar\Documents\InstalledPrograms-PS.txt.
And the file will be saved into required folder. Format of file will be text file.
Through Command Line
Open your Command Line as Administrator. And type the following command.
Wmic product get name,version
It will shortly display you all the installed programs and its version on command line prompt. And to export the list
Write simple “wmic”
Then after “wmic:root\cli”, paste following command /output:C:/InstallList.txt product get name, version.
Then List will be saved into C drive of your System.
CCleaner is small tool that helps you to make your PC’s performance better by removing some unnecessary and temporary files. The CCleaner utility can also give you list of all installed program of your System.
After installation open it, and go to tools and then click on Uninstall and it will show you the lit of all Programs which is installed into your System. Then click to “save as txt file”.
Then it will ask you to save this txt file anywhere you want to in your System.
Through Control Panel
You can also view all of your Installed programs easily by going to “Control Panel” and then “Programs” and “Uninstall a Program”. And make it in Detail view.
Now you can take a screenshot of it and save it anywhere in your System so that you can later get view of your installed program in time of need.
So these all are easy and handy ways to have view of all installed programs of your System and save them anywhere in text format or in snapshot format. What do you do to save the list of installed programs in Windows?