New commands in recent Windows releases

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This morning, I discovered a new command in Windows XP (and Windows Server 2003) – systeminfo.exe allows an administrator to query a local or remote computer for basic system configuration information.

Additionally, the TweakXP.com website suggests a useful method of restricting the output from systeminfo.exe so that only certain information is displayed, by piping it through find.exe. Deepak Sharma posted similar information on his weblog, but also points towards Microsoft’s uptime reliability and availability information tool (uptime.exe), a Windows NT download (that also works on XP).

After some more research, I found that systeminfo.exe is just one of a few new commands in recent versions of Windows and full details may be found in the %windir%\help\ntcmds.chm file.

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