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Driverquery command on Windows XP

When you are trying to troubleshoot a suspected device driver problem, it can be confusing (and time consuming) to locate detailed information about your device properties. (You can go to “Device Manager”, then select your device from the list and locate the properties for that specific device. If you are just looking for information on one driver, this is not a big deal, but if you need to find detailed information on several devices, this would be take too long.)

There is a tool called Driver Query. (Driverquery.exe) Driver Query will provide you with a detailed list of all the device drivers installed on a local system. (Or on any system on a network) Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Type Driverquery on the command line.

You will see the results displayed in a table format in the Command Prompt window. If you want to perform more detailed analysis, you can direct the Driver Query to save the results in a CSV file so you can open them in a spreadsheet application. To do so, type the following on the command line:

Driverquery /v  /fo  csv  > drivers.csv

Note: This tip applies only to Windows Professional.

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