troubleshooting Question

how do I enumerate all applciations from the add and remove control panel

BLACK THANOSFlag for United States of America asked on
Windows 7
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Good evening experts,

I am looking for a paid or free solution that will enable me to enumerate all of the applications on any computer, including, msi install, exe install, setup install, windows updates, etc... you get the picture

I tried using the WMI class Win_32_Product , but it only reports MSI based installs. I used WMI to report on windows updates also, but that is also hit and miss. I am not really concerned with the Windows Updates enumeration , just the rest of the applications in add/remove.

I thought this would be the simplest thing in the world to do ,but as it turns out its pretty difficult. I want a mechanism to uninstall any unwanted applications on my member machines. I want to be able to perform this activity remotely and not have to visit each machine. additionally many applications prompt you if you reeeaaally want to uninstall the application, I want to suppress any prompts and just uninstall the app remotely , whether it be a msi install or other install program.

I found an application called absolute uninstaller and immediately paid $29 dollars for it. to my chagrin it doesn't do what it says it can. However , there is on feature that I love about the program, it gives you a command line option to uninstall the app. This is what I need. I copied the command line option another machine ran it as administrator and it actually starts the uninstall, but the dog gone prompt for verification of uninstall pops up. This is a screen shot of the app command line:

at the bottom is the golden nugget command line uninstall.

I tried the usual -s -x switches as helper files to run silently and uninstall (I didn't really need the -x , as the command had its own uninstall option -removeonly.

So, can someone help me with a better solution or perhaps you have a switch that I have yet to discover. Also please don't recommend Emco's uninstaller, I had so many problems with it that I wont get into because I don't like to bash vendors.

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