How Do I Know What Software Is Installed on My Computer?

Denise Wilkinson

Have you ever wondered what software is installed on your computer? It can be useful to know which programs are taking up space and running in the background. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to check what software is installed on your computer.

Using the Control Panel

One way to see what programs are installed on your computer is by using the Control Panel. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Start menu and type “Control Panel” in the search bar.
  2. Select “Programs and Features.”
  3. A list of all installed programs will appear. You can sort them by name, publisher, size, or installation date.

Using Windows PowerShell

Another way to check installed software is by using Windows PowerShell. Here’s how:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell by typing “powershell” in the Start menu search bar.
  2. Type the following command: Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object Name, Version
  3. Press Enter to execute the command.
  4. A list of all installed programs will appear with their corresponding names and versions.

Using Third-Party Software

There are also third-party software options that can help you see what programs are installed on your computer. Some popular options include:

  • CCleaner: This program not only helps you see what software is installed but also allows you to uninstall unwanted programs.
  • BELARC Advisor: This program provides a detailed profile of your computer hardware and software inventory, including Microsoft Hotfixes, etc.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy: This program not only checks installed software but also removes spyware and malware from your computer.


Knowing what software is installed on your computer can help you manage your computer’s storage space, keep your system running smoothly, and uninstall programs that are no longer needed. Whether you use the Control Panel, Windows PowerShell, or third-party software options, checking installed software is quick and easy.