Is there a command to retrieve the installed application/packages via command line in windows 2003. i.e to get the details of Add/remove programs via the command line same as 'rpm -qa ' in linux.



There's nothing built in, really. However, the PStools suite from Sysinternals is an invaluable set of software, available free from Microsoft, and they have a commmand for this.

Psinfo.exe -s
  • the tool worked Great – Riyas Dec 23 '10 at 21:17
  • Woah, he selected an answer!! – Webnet Dec 23 '10 at 21:22
  • It's possible that he didn't know how the site worked, given that he had answered none of them until today. Just a little education :-) – mfinni Dec 23 '10 at 21:35

Try the PStools package and use the Psinfo command with the -s switch.


If we're using the same requirements as Command-Line Kung-Fu, then the closest we can get is the following:

reg query hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall /s | find "DisplayName"

Notably, this doesn't exclude Windows updates, which the built-in Add/Remove Programs application does. You could do this exclusively from the command line, but it'd be considerably more complicated.

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