List all installed packages on Windows machines

InstalledPackagesView is a new software program by NirSoft that displays all installed packages on computer systems running Microsoft Windows.

The program looks like a simple copy of the installed programs listing of the Windows operating system on first glance, but it offers more than that.

First the basics: The application is portable, and compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system starting with Windows XP.

Tip: Check out our Nirsoft review here.

InstalledPackagesView review

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The application lists all installed software packages with the following restrictions: It lists all software installed by Windows Installer. While that should cover most software, some software may not be listed by the application.

InstalledPackagesView lists the installed packages in the top pane, and the components of the selected package in the bottom pane.

Note: The program displays the installed software packages of the local system by default. You can select Options > Advanced Options to display installed packages of remote network systems.

Each item is listed with its display name, version, publisher, install date, estimated size and other information.

To be precise, the following information is displayed for each installed program:

  • Display name
  • Display version
  • Publisher
  • ID
  • Install date
  • Registry time
  • Estimated size
  • Install location
  • Install source
  • MSI filename
  • Comments
  • About URL
  • Update info URL
  • Help link
  • Uninstall string
  • Modify install string
  • Language

The typical NirSoft interface supports sorting the data with a click on any column header; you can sort by install date for instance, publisher, or estimated size.

The bottom pane lists software information that InstalledPackagesView retrieves from the Windows Registry. It pulls the data from the following two Registry locations:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInstallerUserDataProducts
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInstallerUserDataComponents

You may generate reports and save them as HTML, XML, CSV or TXT files on the system.

There is no option unfortunately to interact with the data in any way apart from that. You cannot double-click on a file to open its location in Explorer, or jump to a Registry location. You cannot even copy the information directly to the clipboard, and need to export the data first to pull it from the report.

Closing Words

InstalledPackagesView offers a view of the installed programs and the components linked to them. While that may be useful to some users, I wish Nir Sofer would have added some actionable options to the application.

At the very least options to jump to the information in the Registry, and to open the location in Explorer when you select a file.

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