How to use Resource Explorer to view software inventory in Configuration Manager

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

Use Resource Explorer in Configuration Manager to view information about software inventory that has been collected from computers in your hierarchy.


Resource Explorer will not display any inventory data until a software inventory cycle has run on the client.

Resource Explorer provides the following software inventory information:

  • Software:

    • Collected Files - Files that were collected during software inventory.

    • File Details - Files that were inventoried during software inventory that are not associated with a specific product or manufacturer.

    • Last Software Scan - Date and time of the last software inventory and file collection for the client computer.

    • Product Details - Software products that were inventoried by software inventory, grouped by manufacturer.

To run Resource Explorer from the Configuration Manager console

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Assets and Compliance

  2. In the Assets and Compliance workspace, choose Devices or open any collection that displays devices.

  3. Choose the computer containing the inventory that you want to view and then, in the Home tab > Devices group, choose Start > Resource Explorer.

  4. You can right-click any item in the right-pane of the Resource Explorer window and choose Properties to view the collected inventory information in a more readable format.