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Tue, Mar 19, 2024 9:38 pm

Obtaining information on a CD/DVD drive with WMIC

If you want to determine the model number of an optical drive, such as a CD or DVD drive, in a system running a Microsoft Windows operating system from a command-line interface (CLI), you can open a command prompt window and issue a Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command: wmic cdrom get name (the value for caption may return the same information). E.g.:

C:\>wmic cdrom get name
Name
HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM DU90N


C:\>wmic cdrom get caption
Caption
HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM DU90N


C:\>

If you wish to determine whether media, such as a CD or DVD, is in the drive, you can use the command wmic cdrom get medialoaded. If there is no disc in the drive, the value for MediaLoaded will be FALSE. If there is a disc in the drive, the value will be true as in the example below where there is a CD in the drive.

C:\>wmic cdrom get medialoaded
MediaLoaded
TRUE


C:\>

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Fri, Mar 15, 2024 10:43 pm

Getting the video resolution on a Windows system

If you need to determine the horizontal and vertical video resolution of the system you are working on from a command-line interface (CLI) on a Microsoft Windows systeem, you can open a PowerShell window (you can type PowerShell in the Windows "search" field and click on PowerShell when you see it in the returned results) and issue the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command Get-WmiObject win32_videocontroller | select caption, CurrentHorizontalResolution, CurrentVerticalResolution.

PS C:\> Get-WmiObject win32_videocontroller | select caption, CurrentHorizontalResolution, CurrentVerticalResolution

caption             CurrentHorizontalResolution CurrentVerticalResolution
-------             --------------------------- -------------------------
NVIDIA Quadro K2000                        2560                      1440


PS C:\>

If you need to determine the resolution on another system in the same Windows domain on the local area network (LAN), you can add -ComputerName followed by the name of the computer to the command as shown below.

PS C:\> Get-WmiObject -ComputerName apollo win32_videocontroller | select caption, CurrentHorizontalResolution, CurrentVerticalResolution

caption                         CurrentHorizontalResolution CurrentVerticalResolution
-------                         --------------------------- -------------------------
Microsoft Basic Display Adapter                        1024                       768


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Wed, Mar 06, 2024 10:56 pm

Obtaining processor information with WMIC

You can obtain information on the Central Processing Unit (CPU) in a system running a Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) commands. To see the value of all parameters, open a command prompt window and issue the command wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2 path win32_processor get /format:list (using the /format option, you can see the information in a more readable fashion).

C:\>wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2 path win32_processor get /format:list


AddressWidth=64
Architecture=9
AssetTag=UNKNOWN
Availability=3
Caption=Intel64 Family 6 Model 85 Stepping 4
Characteristics=252
ConfigManagerErrorCode=
ConfigManagerUserConfig=
CpuStatus=1
CreationClassName=Win32_Processor
CurrentClockSpeed=2195
CurrentVoltage=16
DataWidth=64
Description=Intel64 Family 6 Model 85 Stepping 4
DeviceID=CPU0
ErrorCleared=
ErrorDescription=
ExtClock=100
Family=179
InstallDate=
L2CacheSize=14336
L2CacheSpeed=
L3CacheSize=19712
L3CacheSpeed=0
LastErrorCode=
Level=6
LoadPercentage=3
Manufacturer=GenuineIntel
MaxClockSpeed=2195
Name=Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 5120 CPU @ 2.20GHz
NumberOfCores=14
NumberOfEnabledCore=14
NumberOfLogicalProcessors=28
OtherFamilyDescription=
PartNumber=
PNPDeviceID=
PowerManagementCapabilities=
PowerManagementSupported=FALSE
ProcessorId=BFEBFBFF00050654
ProcessorType=3
Revision=21764
Role=CPU
SecondLevelAddressTranslationExtensions=TRUE
SerialNumber=
SocketDesignation=CPU0
Status=OK
StatusInfo=3
Stepping=
SystemCreationClassName=Win32_ComputerSystem
SystemName=MUNICH
ThreadCount=28
UniqueId=
UpgradeMethod=1
Version=
VirtualizationFirmwareEnabled=TRUE
VMMonitorModeExtensions=TRUE
VoltageCaps=




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Sat, Oct 28, 2017 10:45 pm

Checking operating system information with WMIC

You can use wmic os get commands on a Microsoft Windows system to view information related to the operating system via a command-line interface (CLI). E.g., to determine the version of the operating system you can issue the command Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command wmic os get version.

C:\Users\Public>wmic os get version
Version
10.0.15063


C:\Users\Public>

Or if you know the system is running a particular version of the Windows operating system, e.g., Windows 10, but want to see just the build number for that version of Windows, you could issue the command wmic os get BuildNumber.

C:\Users\Public>wmic os get BuildNumber
BuildNumber
15063


C:\Users\Public>

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Sat, Sep 16, 2017 11:05 pm

Determining the antivirus software on a Windows system from the command line

You can determine the antivirus software present on a system, if the antivirus software is registered with the Windows Security Center, using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). E.g., for a Windows 10 system using Microsoft Windows Defender:

C:\>WMIC /Node:localhost /Namespace:\\root\SecurityCenter2 Path AntiVirusProduct Get displayName
displayName
Windows Defender


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Sat, Feb 18, 2017 3:30 pm

Changing the host name for a Windows system from a command prompt

There are a variety of ways you can determine the system name for a Windows computer from a command line interface (CLI), such as a command prompt or PowerShell prompt window. But what if you wish to rename the computer from a command line interface? You can obtain a command prompt and then use a Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command in the form shown below where oldname is the curent name of the system and newname is the new name you wish to assign to the system.

wmic computersystem where caption='oldname' rename newname

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Tue, Feb 14, 2017 11:14 pm

Determining S.M.A.R.T disk drive status from a command prompt

Many hard disk drives have a Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) capability. On a Microsoft Windows system, you can use a utility such as SpeedFan to query the S.M.A.R.T, or SMART, information for a drive. You can also check the status of a drive using a Windows Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command by issuing the command wmic diskdrive get status at a command prompt, though you won't get the same level of detail. But if you have multiple drives in or atached to the system, you will need to use an additional parameter to identify which status applies to which drive. You could include the size and/or model, e.g.:

C:\Users\Lila>wmic diskdrive get status, size, model
Model                                   Size           Status
Seagate Backup+  Desk SCSI Disk Device  5000970240000  OK
Seagate Backup+ Desk USB Device         4000776192000  OK
Generic- Compact Flash USB Device                      OK
Generic- SD/MMC USB Device                             OK
Generic- MS/MS-Pro USB Device                          OK
WD My Book 1140 USB Device              2000363420160  OK
Generic- SM/xD-Picture USB Device                      OK
WDC WD4003FZEX-00Z4SA0 ATA Device       4000784417280  OK


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Wed, Dec 07, 2016 11:27 pm

Show all drives from Windows command prompt

If you need to obtain a list of all disk drives on a Microsoft Windows system from a command line interface (CLI), e.g., a command prompt window, you can do so using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). You can obtain a list of drives by opening a command prompt window and then issuing a wmic logicaldisk get command followed by parameters relevant to the information you wish to see. You can see a list of parameter options by issuing the command wmic logicaldisk get /?.

C:\>wmic logicaldisk get /?

Property get operations.
USAGE:

GET [<property list>] [<get switches>]
NOTE: <property list> ::= <property name> | <property name>,  <property list>

The following properties are available:
Property                                Type                    Operation
========                                ====                    =========
Access                                  N/A                     N/A
Availability                            N/A                     N/A
BlockSize                               N/A                     N/A
Caption                                 N/A                     N/A
Compressed                              N/A                     N/A
ConfigManagerErrorCode                  N/A                     N/A
ConfigManagerUserConfig                 N/A                     N/A
Description                             N/A                     N/A
DeviceID                                N/A                     N/A
DriveType                               N/A                     N/A
ErrorCleared                            N/A                     N/A
ErrorDescription                        N/A                     N/A
ErrorMethodology                        N/A                     N/A
FileSystem                              N/A                     N/A
FreeSpace                               N/A                     N/A
InstallDate                             N/A                     N/A
LastErrorCode                           N/A                     N/A
MaximumComponentLength                  N/A                     N/A
MediaType                               N/A                     N/A
Name                                    N/A                     N/A
NumberOfBlocks                          N/A                     N/A
PNPDeviceID                             N/A                     N/A
PowerManagementCapabilities             N/A                     N/A
PowerManagementSupported                N/A                     N/A
ProviderName                            N/A                     N/A
Purpose                                 N/A                     N/A
QuotasDisabled                          N/A                     N/A
QuotasIncomplete                        N/A                     N/A
QuotasRebuilding                        N/A                     N/A
Size                                    N/A                     N/A
Status                                  N/A                     N/A
StatusInfo                              N/A                     N/A
SupportsDiskQuotas                      N/A                     N/A
SupportsFileBasedCompression            N/A                     N/A
VolumeName                              N/A                     N/A
VolumeSerialNumber                      N/A                     N/A

The following GET switches are available:

/VALUE                       - Return value.
/ALL(default)                - Return the data and metadata for the attribute.
/TRANSLATE:<table name>      - Translate output via values from <table name>.
/EVERY:<interval> [/REPEAT:<repeat count>] - Returns value every (X interval) seconds, If /REPEAT specified the command is executed <repeat count> times.
/FORMAT:<format specifier>   - Keyword/XSL filename to process the XML results.

NOTE: Order of /TRANSLATE and /FORMAT switches influences the appearance of output.
Case1: If /TRANSLATE precedes /FORMAT, then translation of results will be followed by formatting.
Case2: If /TRANSLATE succeeds /FORMAT, then translation of the formatted results will be done.


C:\>

For example, the results from issuing the command on a Windows 10 system to display the device ID, volume name, and description are shown below:

C:\>wmic logicaldisk get deviceid, volumename, description
Description       DeviceID  VolumeName
Local Fixed Disk  C:        OS
CD-ROM Disc       D:
CD-ROM Disc       E:
Removable Disk    F:        EMTEC


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Thu, Jan 28, 2016 10:53 pm

Viewing date and time information under Windows with WMIC

If you want to obtain the current date and time on a Windows system from a command prompt, you can use date /t and time /t - if you omit the /t you will be prompted to change the values.

C:\>date /t
Thu 01/28/2016

C:\>time /t
10:38 PM

You can also obtain the information using a Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line command, wmic path win32_localtime get *. Times will be shown in 24-hour clock format, aka "military time", so 10 PM is hour 22.

C:\>wmic   path win32_localtime get *
Day  DayOfWeek  Hour  Milliseconds  Minute  Month  Quarter  Second  WeekInMonth  Year
28   4          22                  47      1      1        42      5            2016


C:\>

You can format the display of the information using the /format option, e.g., you can put it in a list format.

C:\>wmic   path win32_localtime get * /format:list


Day=28
DayOfWeek=4
Hour=22
Milliseconds=
Minute=45
Month=1
Quarter=1
Second=50
WeekInMonth=5
Year=2016




C:\>

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Thu, Jan 21, 2016 10:44 pm

WMIC cpu get commands

On Microsoft Windows systems since Windows XP, you can use the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) to obtain information on a system's Central Processing Unit (CPU). E.g., you can issue the command wmic cpu get name to determine if the processor is an AMD or Intel processor.
C:\>wmic cpu get name
Name
AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-Core Processor

You can also specify, manufacturer as an option to the command, instead.

C:\>wmic cpu get manufacturer
Manufacturer
AuthenticAMD


C:\>

Or wmic cpu get caption.

C:\>wmic cpu get caption
Caption
AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2

If you want to know the CPU's clock speed, you can use currentclockspeed. There is also a maxclockspeed parameter.

C:\>wmic cpu get currentclockspeed
CurrentClockSpeed
3600


C:\>wmic cpu get maxclockspeed
MaxClockSpeed
3600


C:\>

If you want to obtain a figure for the current CPU utilization from a command line interface (CLI), i.e., a command prompt, rather than checking it through a GUI, such as through the Task Manager, you can use wmic cpu get loadpercentage.

C:\>wmic cpu get loadpercentage
LoadPercentage
19

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