How to check Windows Version remotely

How to check Windows Version remotely

Oftentimes, we get the requirement to check the Windows Version remotely to reduce the manual work to login and check. So, here are some steps which can help you to check the windows version remotely.

 

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

With this you can get only following Versions:Microsoft Windows 2000 (No different between Pro and Server)

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Microsoft Windows XP (No different between Home and Pro)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003

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  • %systemroot%\system32\prodspec.iniEdit the File and you will find the exact Version under the Key:[Product Specification]
    Product=Windows XP Professional and  Windows Server 2003

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  • %systemdrive%Boot.ini – Edit the file. It contains the OS version. (windows 2000/2003/XP)

                 Note:- Please do not do any changes in Boot.ini or prodspec.ini files it may lead you into the problem.

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  • Another tools are DXDIAG and Msinfo32. Go to Start | Run and type either of these tool name.

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  • To browse configuration information through Msinfo32 for a remote computer:

1. Open the System Information tool. Go to Start | Run | type Msinfo32

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2. Select Remote Computer on the View menu (or press Ctrl+R). This displays the Remote Computer dialog box.

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3. In the Remote Computer dialog box, select Remote Computer On The Network. Type the computer name in the field provided, and then click OK.

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  • You may also read ProductType and ProductSuite values in key:

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ProductOptions
to get info about which OS version (Workstation/Professional, Web, Server or Advanced/Enterprise) is installed.

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  • Server Manager – For Windows 2008 Servers you can use Server Manager by selecting Connect to Another Computer option:
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