Some Hints and Tips for Windows

“The WMI command-line (WMIC) utility provides a command-line interface for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). WMIC is compatible with existing shells and utility commands. The following is a general reference topic for WMIC. For more information and guidelines on how to use WMIC, including additional information on aliases, verbs, switches, and commands, see Using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line and WMIC – Take Command-line Control over WMI.”

You can access the WMI commands at your computer’s Command Prompt, simply choose “Start” -> “Windows System” -> “Command Prompt”

Then you can type in commands, such as these example useful commands using WMI:

Get your Dell Service Tag without getting out of Windows:

wmic bios get serialnumber

Get your Microsoft Windows Product Key:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

And, here’s a bonus tip that doesn’t use the WMIC. If you want to get at the “old” Un-Install method for Windows, let’s call it the “Classic Version,” here’s what you can type at the Windows Command Prompt:

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