PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Obtain a Listing of Windows Drivers

PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Obtain a Listing of Windows Drivers

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Summary: Use the Get-WindowsDriver cmdlet to obtain a quick list of Windows drivers.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I use Windows PowerShell 3.0 on a computer running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 to obtain a list of drivers?

                    Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use the Get-WindowsDriver cmdlet and specify the –online switch.

                                              Get-WindowsDriver -Online

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  • what a sad, i am still using powershell 2.0 on windows xp.

  • @Larry Song CN, this is true for a lot of people. But at the same time, I need to begin documenting PowerShell 3.0 and Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 so that when you DO Upgrade, there will be lots of information for you to use. In general, I am tagging PowerShell 3 specific, as well as OS specific articles so you will be able to easily find them. If I do not specifically call out PowerShell 3 than you can probably try it and it will still work on PowerShell 2

  • Though the question is around getting drivers on a Windows 8 / Server 2012, you should mention that "Get-WindowsDriver" is specific to Windows 8 / Server 2012, not PowerShell 3.  Even if you have PowerShell 3 on Windows 7 or other OS, "Get-WindowsDriver" is not an available Cmdlet.