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How to check OS version of Windows and OS Architecture using command line

GUI is the quick and easy way to determine type of Windows version and check whether it is 32 bit or a 64 bit platform.

By press Windows Key + E, it will open windows explorer and right clicking on empty white space and selecting properties will give you the information of your Windows and also its OS Architecture whether it is x86 or a 64 bit operating system.

But if you are a System Administrator and you’re managing remote computers it would not be a good idea to go and physically check each computer and get the details.

Here’s where the command line comes into play.

Well, batch file scripting still does its magic and give good results.

The command to get the type of Windows can be run on a normal command prompt.

The command prompt does not need to be elevated.

Here’s the command:

                                                     WMIC  OS GET  OSArchitecture, Caption

Note: OSArchitecture is one word.

And the output would be something like this:

Caption                                                                 OSArchitecture
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional                        32-bit

If you are using a 64 bit platform:

Caption                                                                 OSArchitecture
Microsoft Windows 8                                           64-bit

That’s it, you can deploy a script with this command and of course if you will only have this data is quite useless. Please check my other blog on how to get the computer name via command line.

You incorporate this command and the command to get the computer name and deploy it via GPO job is done in just few a minutes.

And if you run into a problem how to run a startup script, please search this blog on how to run a startup script.

That’s it sit back and relax while you compile the data to present to your boss.

Job is done via batch file scripting with no penny cost for extra software.

Hope it helps to finish your task smoothly. Please drop a comment.  Cheers!!!   


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