C# get a list of programs instatlled on a remote machine (Add/Remove Programs)?

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Hi,

I am looking at a good way I can interrogate remote machines to work out what software is installed
in Add/Remove programs via C#.

The issue is the various methods return different results.

Some people say don't use Win32_product. Some were saying this is bad for performance.

However the other methods don't seem to return the correct count.

Here are some interesting results....

Add/Remove control panel applet            - 108 programs installed

Now compare this to the various methods:

select * from win32_product                - 186 items.
select * from Win32reg_AddRemovePrograms   - 71 objects.
select * from Win32Reg_AddRemovePrograms64 - 71 objects.

So why is there such a variance - I would of thought they should be *exactly* the same if not
close.

What are other peoples thought on the best method?
Why such a variance?
If I don't mind a performance hit is there anything wrong with using Win32_product?

Thanks,

Ward.
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Commented:
Win32_product shows only MSI installer products. Software using their own installer won't show.
Try to list it with an internal process and capture the output of
wmic product list brief

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Hi,

Thanks for your response.

Can you clarify what you mean when you say:

Try to list it with an internal process and capture the output of
 wmic product list brief

So are u saying I should be capturing the output of:
 wmic product list brief

Thanks,
Ward.

Commented:
Yes, in VB it's like this:

Dim p As ProcessStartInfo = New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo("wmic", "product list brief")

You can probably easily translate this to C#, and then capture the output (each line is a software product, only the name)? That's all.
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select * from win32_product  is extremely slow because it does a consistency check of the installed .msi packages.
http://csi-windows.com/toolkit/288-win32product-wmi-class-replacement

Query the registry is lightning fast (example given is vb but it is simple to convert to c#
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821775
Commented:
I would contend that HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall is probably not sufficient in this current day and age.
Enumerate this as well (64 bits OS):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

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