The versions of Windows that are listed at the beginning of
this article include a command-line utility (Wmic.exe) to access Windows
Management Instrumentation (WMI). Previously, an end user would generally write
a script to gather information by means of WMI. Wmic.exe can only be used by
the local system administrators regardless of WMI namespace permissions on the
When you run the Wmic.exe utility for the first time, the
utility compiles its .mof files into the repository. To save time during
Windows installation, this operation takes place as necessary.
command prompt, type: wmic
, and an interactive-mode
prompt "wmic:root\cli" is displayed. For help, type: /?
Some examples of commands are:
- process where (processid>300) list brief:
This command requests the computer to list all the
processes on specified computers where the ProcessID is greater than 300, and
at the same time list only the minimum information on these
This command requests the computer to add to the list
of nodes from which you want to retrieve information. This command, however, is
subject to all WMI security measures, such as, namespace security.
- path win32_processor get maxclockspeed
This command, provided that you know the WMI class, can
specify an instance and retrieve properties or call on a defined
For additional information about WMI, see the following
Microsoft Web site: