Posts Tagged ‘Windows’

Create a list of all installed Windows software

February 7th, 2014

It can sometimes be useful to create a list of all software programs installed on a Windows PC. Maybe you want to hand it over to a friend or publish it on the Internet, or just use it to analyze what software has been installed on a system.

While it is possible to display the installed software using the Control Panel of the Windows operating system, there is no feature to export that list to a file.

You could now go ahead and make screenshots, or even type all the program names into a file, but that would certainly take some time to be accomplished.

There are other solutions on how you can export a list of all installed programs to a text file so that it can be shared or processed easier.

This guide presents you with several options that allow you to export the list of installed software. Lets get started.

Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor creates a detailed system profile of your computer that includes software and hardware, network inventory, the patch state of the system, security information and other information that may be useful to you.

All you need to do is download and install the program on your system, and have it scan it afterwards. The scan takes less than a minute to complete, and a results page is opened in your web browser of choice afterwards.

Here you need to scroll down until you find the software licenses and software versions & usage sections.

You can copy and paste the information from here, or work with them right from the local HTML page instead if you prefer to do so.


CCleaner is a popular temporary file cleaner for the Windows operating system. While it is used primarily for that, it ships with a boatload of other tools that help you manage various system features.

One of them lets you uninstall software that is installed on the system. It resembles the native Windows uninstallation program and is not as powerful as Revo Uninstaller or other programs that scan for leftovers after the uninstallation.

There is however a save to text file button here that you can use to export the list of installed software to the local system.

Geek Uninstaller

Geek Uninstaller is an advanced software removal program for Windows. It can not only uninstall installed programs, but also scan the system for leftovers so that they do get removed as well in the process.

You can use it to export the list of software as an HTML file easily. Just run the program — it is portable so no installation is required — and select File > Export to HTML to save the data to your local system.


Microsoft sets release date for Windows 8.1

August 15th, 2013

Consumers waiting for Microsoft’s revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning October 17.

The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers for decades.

Windows 8 represented Microsoft’s attempt to create an operating system that works well on tablet computers, as well as laptop and desktop machines.

But the overhaul confused and frustrated many people, resulting in disappointing sales of devices running on Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s attempt to make the software easier and more appealing to use. It will be available as a free update to owners of Windows 8 machines.


Opto 22′s groov Server for Windows Adds New Software Option to groov

July 17th, 2013

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced groov Server for Windows, a software-based version of its groov product for building, deploying, and viewing simple, effective, and scalable operator interfaces to monitor and control systems and equipment using computers and mobile devices. groov Server for Windows runs on enterprise PCs or servers, and is intended for settings where the IT Department won’t add hardware to the network, but will add software served from a Windows PC.

Since groov Server for Windows runs on a PC, it also reduces costs for OEM machine builders who incorporate a PC in their product and need to add mobility options for their HMIs. Browser-based Benefits Using only a modern web browser, groov securely lets industrial automation end-users, system integrators, machine OEMs, building managers, technicians, or any authorized person quickly build and deploy browser-based interfaces for automation, monitoring, and control applications.

Although groov is served from a Windows PC, any computer with a modern web browser can be used to build interfaces. These operator interfaces can then be viewed on almost any computer or mobile device regardless of its manufacturer or operating system, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, and even smart high-definition televisions. groov is intended to augment traditional human-machine interfaces (HMIs) by making important information available at any time and in any location. groov offers a simple yet flexible environment for developing operator interfaces with zero programming, and requires no per-seat runtime or viewing licenses.

Overcoming the biggest challenge in developing for multiple screen sizes and mobile HMIs, groov automatically and gracefully scales all screens, page objects, and gadgets, allowing groov HMIs to be viewed and manipulated from virtually any device of any screen size. groov works with modern web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera running on operating systems including iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. groov benefits from the capabilities of these browsers by using the latest web standards like HTML5, CSS3, and SVG. And while many competing technologies depend on additional software or browser plug-ins like Flash, Silverlight, or Java to work, groov simplifies deployment by requiring no additional software or plug-ins. Networking and Interface Development groov Server for Windows runs on a PC or server that you control.

All network communication between a web browser and groov uses an encrypted secure sockets layer (SSL) over an HTTPS connection.groov does not respond to any other communication methods on any other ports. groov connects to Opto 22 SNAP PAC automation systems and OptoEMU energy monitoring products over a wired Ethernet network or wireless LAN. Opto 22 recommends using a separate network interface card (NIC) to segment your control systems.

Support for the OPC-UA protocol is planned in 2013 and will allow groov to communicate with systems from other manufacturers that offer an OPC-UA server. The simple and flexible development environment, groov Build, dramatically reduces the time needed to build interfaces when compared to traditional HMI screen-building tools. groov Build includes a library of scalable, touchscreen-ready gadgets: gauges, buttons, range indicators, text entry, sliders, and trends. Images and real-time video from network IP cameras—also fully scalable—can also be added.

Designed to support HMI best practices, groov Build includes the tools necessary to build high-performance, intelligible information and control screens like those defined by the High Performance HMI Handbook(Hollifield et al.) and the ASM (Abnormal Situation Management) Consortium Guideline, Effective Operator Display Design. groov Server for Windows Components and System Requirements groov Server for Windows includes groov Build and groov View.

Also available are the optional mobile apps groov View for iOS and groov View for Android. To build operator interfaces with groov Server for Windows requires: A SNAP PAC S-series, SNAP PAC R-series, or SoftPAC controller with firmware R9.2a or newer, running a control strategy developed in Opto 22’s PAC Control.


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