There may come a time when you may find it useful to make a list of all the software installed on your computer. While it is possible to display the installed software using the Control Panel of the Windows Operating System, there is no feature to export that list to a file. There are many methods that let you export the list of installed software.
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Step # 1 - Open the command line
To do so you can use the command line. Just press “Windows” plus “R” key to bring up the run box. Then type “cmd” and hit enter.
Step # 2 - Open the Windows Management Instrumentation Command line
In the cmd window type “wmic” to open the Windows Management Instrumentation Command line.
Now run this command:
“/output:c:\users\username\softwarelist.txt product get name, version, installlocation”
to create the new softwarelist.txt file. This way, the command will look up the name, version and path the software is installed to.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to replace c:\users\username\softwarelist.txt with a directory of your choosing on your computer. At the very least, it is necessary to replace the username with your account username.
Step # 3 - A second option - Download and Install Belarc Advisor
Another option is to use a program called the “Belarc Advisor” that creates a detailed system profile of your computer which includes software and hardware, network inventory, and other information that may be useful to you. Go to this link: “www.belarc.com/free_download.html” and download the program. Then run the Setup and follow the instructions to install it.
Step # 4 - Run Belarc Advisor
After installation is complete, run the program. It will scan your system. This could take a while. When it is finished you’ll see a results page on your web browser. You need to scroll down until you find the software licenses and software versions and usage sections.
You can copy and paste the information from here, or work with them from the local HTML page, if you prefer to do it that way.
Step # 5 - A third option - Use the CC Cleaner
Another option is to use “CC Cleaner”, a file cleaner program. Go to this link: “www.piriform.com/ccleaner” and press the “Download” button. Run the setup and follow the instructions to install the program. Then open it. You’ll find many options on the left side of the interface’s program. Click on “Tools” and you’ll find a list of the installed software. This tool is to uninstall software but there is a “Save to text” file button that you can use to export the list of installed software to the local system.
Step # 6 - A fourth option - Use Geek Uninstaller
You can also use “Geek Uninstaller”, a software removal program for Windows that lets you export the list of software as an HTML file. Just go to to this web page: “www.geekuninstaller.com/download”, download the free version, unzip the folder and run the .exe file. The program is portable so no installation is required. Open it and select “File”, then “Export to HTML” to save the data to your local system.
And that’s it!
Result: Congratulations! You’ve just learned How to Create a List of All Installed Windows Programs