Hi John, been awhile since we crossed paths. JC wants me to pass on all the tips and tricks of the past 50 years, I will get around to it some day, presently I have a Titanium device that keeps my heart pumping at the right rhythm. I have a secretary to assist me and she does most of my correspondence.
I agree with win10 and drivers, it creates a huge problem for us as I now do NGO work in Asian countries (I have retired from business, although I still consult to a Chinese computer manufacturer)
Most of our work requires getting information from users often in remote and unstable regions (both politically and infrastructure wise), the only way is to have them copy paste cmds either into Powershell OR CMD prompt. To this end I have developed cmds to achieve this. Here are some, for drivers we need the Ven & Dev data to correctly identify the device driver, the beauty here is all they need to do is copy paste. These cmds are also suitable for forums, I have included some for you:-
wmic sounddev get Caption, DeviceID, PNPDeviceID, Manufacturer, status /Format:List > 0 & notepad 0
This gives us sound card and can be run from powershell or cmd prompt (both elevated), although Powershell does not recognize the 0 & notepad 0 cmd, you can change to an out-file OR easier to have them type cmd first into powershell and invoke a cmd prompt session.
wmic PATH Win32_VideoController GET Description,PNPDeviceID /Format:List > 0 & notepad 0
wmic nic get AdapterType, AutoSense, Name, Installed, MACAddress, PNPDeviceID,PowerManagementSupported, Speed, StatusInfo /format:list > 0 & notepad 0
This avoids the .exe used by many and requires only copy paste (gives more detail then others, first one removes hotfix's from systeminfo, second one includes Hotfix's.
echo > 0 & systeminfo | find /V /I "hotfix" | find /V "KB" >> 0 & WMIC /Node:localhost /Namespace:\\root\SecurityCenter2 Path AntiVirusProduct Get displayName /format:list >> 0 & wmic PATH Win32_VideoController GET Description,PNPDeviceID /format:list >> 0 & tasklist /v >> 0 & net start >> 0 & echo >> 0 & notepad 0
echo > 0 & systeminfo >> 0 & WMIC /Node:localhost /Namespace:\\root\SecurityCenter2 Path AntiVirusProduct Get displayName /format:list >> 0 & wmic PATH Win32_VideoController GET Description,PNPDeviceID /format:list >> 0 & tasklist /v >> 0 & net start >> 0 & echo >> 0 & notepad 0
There are of course many more related to registry and services mostly, as these are the major areas of concern. I hope you are well, it is good to see you still helping after all these years, well done.
Paul (AKA Jenae)