If you want to reinstall Windows 7 / Vista / XP for any cause, you may need a list of the programs you have installed on your system so you can effortlessly know what programs you need to reinstall once you have installed Windows again.
To generate the list of installed programs
- Open the Command Prompt as Administrator. To do this in Windows 7 / Vista enter “cmd” (without quotes) in the Search Programs and Files box on the Start menu. The cmd.exe program must automatically be highlighted in the Programs section of the results. Right click on “cmd” prompt and select the option “Run as administrator”.
- Type “wmic” and Enter (
- Type “/output:C:\InstallList.txt product get name,version” (Without Quotes)
The InstallList.txt file is created on the root of the C: drive
NB: Depending on how many programs are installed, you may have to wait a little for the list of installed programs to be created