How to create a list of all your installed applications in Windows

Windows installed application list

In this Pureinfotech how-to, you’ll learn how to create a list of all your installed applications in Windows using the Command Prompt, and export it to a text file.

There are many scenarios where you would want to do this, for example, you may want to create a list of all your applications for inventory purposes, or if you are planning to perform a clean installation of Windows and you want to know all the applications you need to reinstall, etc.

Create a list of all your installed applications

1.  Click on Start, type cmd, from the search results, right-click cmd.exe and select Run as administrator.

2.  Once in the Command Prompt, the following and press Enter:

WMIC

3.  Next, type the following and press Enter (this could take several seconds):

/output:C:\ApplicationList.txt product get name,version

Windows Command Prompt - WMIC root CLI

Then to finish type the following and press Enter:

quit

exit

The above command will create and export a list of all your installed applications in Windows to a text file with the name ApplicationList.txt (that you can change to any name you want) in the drive C.

This should work in Windows 7 as well as in Windows Vista, and in other previous versions of Windows.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.