Consider a scenario, where you need to take an inventory of all the Device drivers installed on your machine. This information will be very essential to identify the vendor details, Driver files and other important stats. Driverquery command will exactly help us in this purpose.
Running the Driverquery command in the Command Prompt will list out all the drivers installed on the machine. (Run the Command Prompt in Administrator Context)
If you want a compact record of installed drivers in a reporting format, use this command with appropriate switches. As we saw above, DriverQuery command gives all the information; You can modify the output of the command with a variety of switches, and you can redirect the output of the command to a file so that you can load it in another program.
You can use the /v switch to produce a detailed verbose information, and add the /Fo switch with the CSV parameter to generate the output in the csv (Comma Seperated Value) format. – driverquery /v /fo csv > drvlist.csv
Further, Opening this file Driverlist.csv in Excel will give you a highly detailed list of all your hardware. (as shown below – Click the image for ful size)
Similarly, using the /SI switch to get all the information on the signed drivers installed on the machine.
DriverStore is a new and a central location in Windows Vista and Windows 7 where all the driver files will be stored., before they are copied to their final destination during the device driver installation. – Read more to Understand better
For a full list of the switches available for the Driverquery command., run the driverquery with a /? switch.
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