What you should know about the Win32_Product Class

I just read this very interesting article “Why Win32_Product is Bad News!” and if you’re a Desktop Systems Administrator I strongly recommend to the read that article as well. To simulate what Darren is writing about, simply open an elevated command prompt (on a Test system) and type WMIC, once WMIC has started type Product and confirm with Enter.


All installed Products will be listed. Now open the Windows Event Viewer. (Eventvwr.msc) and open the Applications log. As shown in the picture below that simply query caused all installed applications to be reconfigured.


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