How to View All Installed Apps and Programs in Windows 10
Have you ever wondered where all the apps and programs you installed on your Windows 10 PC are located? It can be difficult to keep track of all the software you’ve installed on your system.
Windows 10 provides several ways to view your computer’s installed apps and programs. You can easily access an alphabetical list of installed programs through the Start menu, Control Panel, or File Explorer. If you want to view installed software versions or discover the install date of a specific app, you can use Windows PowerShell to generate a text file with this information.
Luckily, there are multiple methods to view all installed apps & programs in Windows 10, and we’ll cover them all in this guide.
View All Installed Apps via Start Menu
To view all programs on Windows 10, click Start on the bottom left corner of your screen or press the Windows button. All programs are displayed on the Start Menu.
View All Installed Apps via File Explorer
- Open the Run command box by pressing the Windows logo and R keys on your keyboard.
2. Type “Shell:AppsFolder” in the box and press Enter to open the Applications folder, which displays all installed apps and classic desktop programs.
3. You can open apps/programs, pin or unpin them to Start/taskbar, or initiate the uninstall process.
You don’t need to enter the command to view all installed apps each time. The Run command will save it and display the last used command when you open it. Simply open the Run command box and press Enter.
View All Installed Apps via Windows Setting
To view all installed apps on your Windows 10 PC, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app and go to the “Apps” section.
2. Select “Apps & features”
3. Here, you can view all installed apps, including default apps, apps installed from the Store, and classic desktop programs.
View All Installed Apps via Control Panel
- Search for “Control Panel” using the Windows Search bar and select the Control Panel from the search results to open it.
- Click on “Programs and Features”. You will see a list of all your installed apps and programs on the following screen.
View All Installed Programs Using Registry and PowerShell
To find all installed programs in Windows 10, you can query the registry using PowerShell. Begin by
- Searching for Windows PowerShell in the system search bar and right-click on the result to run it as an administrator.
- If your PC has a policy that prevents running scripts, input the following command to change the policy: Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted. Press “A” to select “Yes” to all.
- Input the following command from a Microsoft scripting blog:
Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate | Format-Table –AutoSize.
- Press Enter to execute the command.
- After running the command, a list of installed programs will be displayed, including their version number, publisher, and installation date (if available). You can click and drag to highlight the list, then press Ctrl + C to copy it to another location, such as Notepad or Excel, to save the list.
Get a List of Installed Windows Apps with Command Prompt and WMIC
To obtain a list of installed apps in Windows via the command prompt and WMIC, follow the steps below:
1. Open an elevated Command Prompt (search for it and then run it as an Administrator), and enter the following command: wmic product get name,version. After a short wait, this will display a table listing the names and versions of programs installed on your system.
2. With WMIC, you can query remote computers through WMI. To list the installed applications on a remote host, use the following command: wmic /node:NyPC211swd product get name, version, vendor.
3. To export this list to a text file, run the command: wmic product get name,version /format:csv > C:\InstalledApps_%Computername%.csv. This command will create a CSV file with your computer name in the title on drive C. Open this file using any text editor or Excel to see the list of installed apps along with their versions and the current computer name.
4. In modern Windows versions, you can generate a convenient HTML report using the WMIC utility. Run the following command: wmic /output:c:\IstalledApps.htm product get Name, Version, Vendor /format:htable.
Get a List of Installed Microsoft Store Apps
To generate a list of Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps (previously known as Windows Store apps and Metro-style apps) for the current user, follow these steps:
- Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator.
- Type the following command and press Enter:Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName | Format-Table -AutoSize > c:\docslist-store-apps.txt
- Wait for the command to finish executing. This will generate a list of UWP apps installed on the current user’s account and save it to a text file named “docslist-store-apps.txt” on the C drive.
If you want to get a list of all Microsoft Store apps for all users on the current device, use the following command:
- Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator.
2. Type the following command and press Enter:Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Format-Table Name, PackageFullName -AutoSize
3. Wait for the command to finish executing. This will generate a list of all Microsoft Store apps installed on the current device for all users.
Convert Your List of Programs Into an Excel Worksheet
To import your list of programs into Excel, begin by
- Open Excel, go to File > Open > Browse, and change the dropdown next to the File name to All files.
- Navigate to where you exported the text file and open it.
- On the first screen of the Text Import Wizard dialog box, select Delimited under Choose the file type that best describes your data.
- Click Next.
- On the second screen, make sure Tab is checked under Delimiters.
- Click Finish.
- Your list of programs is then imported into columns on a worksheet in Excel.
Conclusion: Effortlessly Access and Manage Your Installed Apps and Programs in Windows 10
With Windows 10, you have various methods to view all installed apps and programs. Whether you prefer using the Start menu, File Explorer, Control Panel, Windows PowerShell, Command Prompt, or Windows Settings, you can easily view all the software installed on your system. You can generate a list of installed programs in text format, CSV, or HTML, which can be useful for creating reports, troubleshooting, or system maintenance.
Knowing how to access and manage your installed programs will enable you to keep your system organized and optimized, enhancing your productivity and user experience.