Home > Apps, Powershell, Registry, Scripting > Function : Get-InstalledApps

Function : Get-InstalledApps

So there I was happily using

gwmi win32_product 

to get me a list of installed applications, but this is slow, and often we just want a quick verification that an application is installed or not.

Thanks to powershell.com and their “PowerTip of the Day” I was reminded about hitting the registry for this information…
So, inspired by their code, I hacked together a quick function to do this.

Note the removal of duplicates was first done as per the concept here Script of the Day – remove duplicate lines in a CSV file but there were a few entries with special characters in their names, eg “C++” that don’t play nicely with “-match” so this was recoded comparing each entry of the object. This is going to be slower, but still solves the “Get Installed Applications” faster than the WMI route!

Function Get-InstalledApps 
	param (
		$regkey_x86 = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall",
		$regkey_x64 = "SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall",

	$apps = @()	
	foreach ($bit in "x86","x64")
		$regkey = Get-Variable "regkey_$bit" | %{$_.value}
		if (Test-Path HKLM:$regkey)
			$reg = [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey]::OpenRemoteBaseKey("LocalMachine",$computername)
			$key = $reg.OpenSubKey($regkey)
			$SubKeys = $key.GetSubKeyNames() | %{$key.OpenSubKey($_)}
			foreach ($subkey in $subkeys)
				$app = $subkey | select @{N="Bit";E={$bit}},`
				if ($app.name) {$apps += $app}
	# Remove duplicates, but annoyingly names like of "C++" error when using "-match"
	$unique_apps = @()
	foreach ($app in $apps) 
		if (!($unique_apps | ?{$_.Bit -eq $app.bit} | ?{$_.name -eq $app.name} | 
		?{$_.version -eq $app.version})) {$unique_apps += $app}

return $unique_apps | sort bit,name,version

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: