Managing Operating Systems
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Scripting Guide
Many management activities require you to know which version of the Windows operating system is installed on a computer. Among other things, this knowledge helps you ensure that:
Service packs, hot fixes, and other operating system upgrades are applied to all computers requiring these updates.
Software installations and upgrades are targeted only toward computers with operating systems that support the software.
Support personnel can better answer questions and respond to problems.
Scripts can identify the operating system installed on a computer and can provide additional details about that operating system, including such things as build number and language. Scripts can also identify service packs, hot fixes, and other operating system upgrades that have been installed since the operating system was first configured.