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Using WMIC help

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Using WMIC help

WMIC includes on-line Help at the command line. At any level, you can type /? for additional details. By itself, /?  gives you the global switches and the aliases available in the current role. When used after an alias, /? gives you the verbs and switches available for that alias. Following a verb, /? gives you the details for that verb.

For example:

For a list of alias and syntax, at the command prompt, type wmic to start the WMIC shell and then type:


To display options available for the Process alias, from within the WMIC shell type:

process /?

/?:FULL gives all available details. This can be especially useful for the GET and CALL verbs.


  • You can also use a hyphen (-?) instead of a forward slash (/?).

  • For the PATH and CLASS command, progressive help is available for a singular NODE only (on both local and remote computers).

For more information, see Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line.

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