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January 15, 2016

[Personnel Reference] Windows General Admin Tips

Filed under: Microsoft Related — Tags: , , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 11:31 AM


Windows General Administration Tips  for day to day task. These are commands I use in day to day operation to get quick info and control our domain users. Most of commands may work in domain environment, but you can modify it to work with work-group environment if you know the remote PC id password.

Also I am using PSTOOLS to accompany the tasks. You should download pstools and extract them in c:\pstools folder.


Most of pstools commands require remote registry on remote PC must be running. you can start that service on remote PC by using following command.

TIP: When the Utilities Won’t Connect Because of Remote Registry

psservice \\remotepc start RemoteRegistry

To get detail report for remote PC [I assume you are admin of the domain]

systeminfo /s remote_computer_name

C:\pstools>systeminfo /s ZAIBPC

Host Name: ZAIBPC
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Member Workstation
OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner: xxxx
Registered Organization:
Product ID: xxxx-005-4355353-xxxxx
Original Install Date: 05/10/2017, 7:34:19 AM
System Boot Time: 02/21/2020, 10:37:35 AM
System Manufacturer: HP
System Model: HP ProBook 450 G4
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor(s): 1 Processor(s) Installed.
[01]: Intel64 Family 6 Model 142 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~1080 Mhz
BIOS Version: HP P85 Ver. 01.03, 12/05/2016
Windows Directory: C:\Windows
System Directory: C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
System Locale: en-us;English (United States)
Input Locale: en-us;English (United States)
Time Zone: (UTC+05:00) Islamabad, Karachi
Total Physical Memory: 8,089 MB
Available Physical Memory: 4,781 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size: 16,177 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 12,869 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use: 3,308 MB
Page File Location(s): C:\pagefile.sys
Domain: agp1
Logon Server: N/A
Hotfix(s): 156 Hotfix(s) Installed.
[01]: KB2849697
Network Card(s): 4 NIC(s) Installed.
[01]: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
Connection Name: Local Area Connection
Status: Media disconnected
[02]: Realtek RTL8723BE 802.11 bgn Wi-Fi Adapter
Connection Name: Wireless Network Connection
DHCP Enabled: Yes
DHCP Server: xx.xx.xx.xx
IP address(es)
[02]: fe80::1dfb:77a7:d4b8:d0e6
[03]: Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
Connection Name: Wireless Network Connection 2
Status: Media disconnected
[04]: Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
Connection Name: Bluetooth Network Connection
Status: Media disconnected
Hyper-V Requirements: VM Monitor Mode Extensions: No
Virtualization Enabled In Firmware: No
Second Level Address Translation: No
Data Execution Prevention Available: Yes

Inquire Remote PC Hardware Info like Board / serial and OS Architecture 32bit/64bit.

– To get Board number of local pc

wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber

– To get  Board number of remote pc

wmic /node:"remotepc" baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber

– To get remote PC Architecture like 32bit or 64bit

wmic /node:"remotepc" os get osarchitecture

2- hardware



To check which user is logged on remote PC,

psloggedon \\remotepc


– To execute any command on remote PC like

psexec \\remtotepc ipconfig

– To open COMMAND prompt of remote user

psexec \\remotepc cmd

-Interacting with the Logged On User on the Remote PC

psexec \\remotepc -d -i notepad


Getting general info of OS, uptime etc with disk info as well

psinfo -d \\remotepc

1- psinfo



To get running process list from remote PC.

pslist \\remotepc


– Kill any running program on remote PC.

pskill \\remotepc notepad


– To shutdown remote PC

psshutdown \\remotepc -d


Its recommended to use windows builtin shutdown utility/tool

– To Shutdown local PC in 30 seconds with popup message.

shutdown /s /t 30 /c "Shutdown by Admin"

– To restart Local PC in 30 seconds

shutdown /r /t 30 /c "Restart by Admin"

– To shutdown REMOTE PC in 30 seconds with a message

shutdown /m \\remotepc /s /t 30 /c "Shutdown by Admin"

– To restart REMOTE PC in 30 seconds

shutdown /m \\remotepc /r /t 30 /c "Shutdown by Admin"


# WINDOWS BUILTIN TASK LIST TOOL (to view remote pc running process task)

tasklist /S REMOTEPC


– To kill remote PC task by name

taskkill /S REMOTEPCNAME /F /IM notepad.exe


– to kill local task by name with force

taskkill /IM /F notepad.exe

– to kill local running task by PID

taskkill /PID 1234 /T


More will be added later.

Some more reference for using PSTOOLS in some automated ways are


Syed Jahanzaib

1 Comment »

  1. Great article as usual. God bless you dear Zaib.


    Comment by Nasir Javed — January 17, 2016 @ 2:58 PM

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