WMI: Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is an extensions to Windows Driver Model (WDM); it provides the Operating System interface to access any instrumented (have ability to monitor) Enterprise components that provide the information as well as notification.

WMI is the Microsoft implementation to two industry standards of DMTF (Desktop Management Task Force). They are,
1. CIM  - Common Information Model  2. WBEM - Web-Based Enterprise Management

Usage: Some of the common usages are,

  • Access most elements of your operating system and its environment
  • Can access a local or remote computer
  • Can configure and manage the hidden settings


  • Can be used with the Programming languages(VB.Net, C#.Net, etc.)
  • Can be used with the Scripting languages(Windows Shell, VBScript, etc.)
  • Also available as Command Line Interface - Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC)
  • Pre-installed in most of the latest Windows OS
  • Downloads (redistributables) available for Windows 95, Windows 98

For more WMI Scripting info click, WMI Scripting Primer  |  Need Troubleshooting and tips for WMI, click WMI FAQs