Remove-WmiObject

Updated: August 9, 2015

Remove-WmiObject

Deletes an instance of an existing Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) class.

Aliases

The following abbreviations are aliases for this cmdlet: 

  • rwmi

Syntax

Parameter Set: class
Remove-WmiObject [-Class] <String> [-AsJob] [-Authentication <AuthenticationLevel> {Default | None | Connect | Call | Packet | PacketIntegrity | PacketPrivacy | Unchanged} ] [-Authority <String> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-EnableAllPrivileges] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel> {Default | Anonymous | Identify | Impersonate | Delegate} ] [-Locale <String> ] [-Namespace <String> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: list
Remove-WmiObject [-AsJob] [-Authentication <AuthenticationLevel> {Default | None | Connect | Call | Packet | PacketIntegrity | PacketPrivacy | Unchanged} ] [-Authority <String> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-EnableAllPrivileges] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel> {Default | Anonymous | Identify | Impersonate | Delegate} ] [-Locale <String> ] [-Namespace <String> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: object
Remove-WmiObject -InputObject <ManagementObject> [-AsJob] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: path
Remove-WmiObject -Path <String> [-AsJob] [-Authentication <AuthenticationLevel> {Default | None | Connect | Call | Packet | PacketIntegrity | PacketPrivacy | Unchanged} ] [-Authority <String> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-EnableAllPrivileges] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel> {Default | Anonymous | Identify | Impersonate | Delegate} ] [-Locale <String> ] [-Namespace <String> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: query
Remove-WmiObject [-AsJob] [-Authentication <AuthenticationLevel> {Default | None | Connect | Call | Packet | PacketIntegrity | PacketPrivacy | Unchanged} ] [-Authority <String> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-EnableAllPrivileges] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel> {Default | Anonymous | Identify | Impersonate | Delegate} ] [-Locale <String> ] [-Namespace <String> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: WQLQuery
Remove-WmiObject [-AsJob] [-Authentication <AuthenticationLevel> {Default | None | Connect | Call | Packet | PacketIntegrity | PacketPrivacy | Unchanged} ] [-Authority <String> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-EnableAllPrivileges] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel> {Default | Anonymous | Identify | Impersonate | Delegate} ] [-Locale <String> ] [-Namespace <String> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Remove-WmiObject cmdlet deletes an instance of an existing Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)class.

Parameters

-AsJob

Indicates that this cmdlet run as a background job. Use this parameter to run commands that take a long time to finish.

New CIM cmdlets, introduced Windows PowerShell 3.0, perform the same tasks as the WMI cmdlets. The CIM cmdlets comply with WS-Management (WSMan) standards and with the Common Information Model (CIM) standard, which enables the cmdlets to use the same techniques to manage computers that run the Windows operating system and those running other operating systems. Instead of using Remove-WmiObject, consider using the Remove-CimInstance cmdlet.

When you use the AsJob parameter, the command returns an object that represents the background job and then displays the command prompt. You can continue to work in the session while the job finishes. If Remove-WmiObject is used against a remote computer, the job is created on the local computer, and the results from remote computers are automatically returned to the local computer. To manage the job, use the cmdlets that contain the Job noun (the Job cmdlets). To get the job results, use the Receive-Job cmdlet.

To use this parameter for remote computers, the local and remote computers must be configured for remoting. Start Windows PowerShell by using the Run as administrator option. For more information, see about_Remote_Requirements.

For more information about Windows PowerShell background jobs, see about_Jobs and about_Remote_Jobs.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Authentication<AuthenticationLevel>

Specifies the authentication level to use for the WMI connection. The acceptable values for this parameter are:

-- -1: Unchanged.
-- 0: Default.
-- 1: None. No authentication in performed.
-- 2: Connect. Authentication is performed only when the client establishes a relationship with the application.
-- 3: Call. Authentication is performed only at the start of each call when the application receives the request.
-- 4: Packet. Authentication is performed on all the data that is received from the client.
-- 5: PacketIntegrity. All the data that is transferred between the client and the application is authenticated and verified.
-- 6: PacketPrivacy. The properties of the other authentication levels are used, and all the data is encrypted.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Authority<String>

Specifies the authority to use to authenticate the WMI connection. You can specify standard NTLM or Kerberos authentication. To use NTLM, set the authority setting to ntlmdomain:<DomainName>, where <DomainName> identifies a valid NTLM domain name. To use Kerberos, specify kerberos:<DomainName>\<ServerName>. You cannot include the authority setting when you connect to the local computer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Class<String>

Specifies the name of a WMI class that this cmdlet deletes.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ComputerName<String[]>

Specifies the name of the computer on which this cmdlet runs. The default is the local computer.

Type the NetBIOS name, an IP address, or a fully qualified domain name of one or more computers. To specify the local computer, type the computer name, a dot (.), or localhost.

This parameter does not rely on Windows PowerShell remoting. You can use the ComputerName parameter even if your computer is not configured to run remote commands.


Aliases

Cn

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Credential<PSCredential>

Specifies a user account that has permission to perform this action. The default is the current user.

Type a user name, such as User01 or Domain01\User01, or enter a PSCredential object, such as one generated by the Get-Credential cmdlet. If you type a user name, this cmdlet prompts you for a password.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-EnableAllPrivileges

Indicates that this cmdlet enables all the permissions of the current user before the command it makes the WMI call.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Impersonation<ImpersonationLevel>

Specifies the impersonation level to use. The acceptable values for this parameter are:

-- 0: Default. Reads the local registry for the default impersonation level, which is usually set to 3: Impersonate.
-- 1: Anonymous. Hides the credentials of the caller.
-- 2: Identify. Allows objects to query the credentials of the caller.
-- 3: Impersonate. Allows objects to use the credentials of the caller.
-- 4: Delegate. Allows objects to permit other objects to use the credentials of the caller.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-InputObject<ManagementObject>

Specifies a ManagementObject object to use as input. When this parameter is used, all other parameters are ignored.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Locale<String>

Specifies the preferred locale for WMI objects. The Locale parameter is specified as an array in the MS_<LCID> format in the preferred order.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Namespace<String>

Specifies the WMI repository namespace where the referenced WMI class is located when it is used with the Class parameter.


Aliases

NS

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Path<String>

Specifies the WMI object path of a WMI class, or specifies the WMI object path of an instance of a WMI class to delete.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ThrottleLimit<Int32>

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent connections that can be established to run this command. This parameter is used together with the AsJob parameter. The throttle limit applies only to the current command, not to the session or to the computer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -InformationAction, -InformationVariable, -OutVariable, -OutBuffer, -PipelineVariable, -Verbose, -WarningAction, and -WarningVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • System.Management.ManagementObject

    You can pipe a management object to this cmdlet.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • None, System.Management.Automation.RemotingJob

    This cmdlet returns a job object, if you specify the AsJob parameter. Otherwise, it does not generate any output.


Examples

Example 1: Close all instances of a Win32 process

This example closes all the instances of Notepad.exe.

The first command starts an instance of Notepad.

The second command uses the Get-WmiObject cmdlet to retrieve the instances of the Win32_Process that correspond to Notepad.exe, and then stores them in the $np variable.

The third command passes the object in the $np variable to Remove-WmiObject, which deletes all the instances of Notepad.exe.


PS C:\> notepad
PS C:\> $np = Get-WmiObject -Query "select * from win32_process where name='notepad.exe'"
PS C:\> $np | Remove-WmiObject

Example 2: Delete a folder

This command deletes the C:\Test folder.

The first command uses Get-WMIObject to query for the C:\Test folder, and then stores the object in the $a variable.

The second command pipes the $a variable to Remove-WMIObject, which deletes the folder.


PS C:\> $a = Get-WMIObject -Query "Select * From Win32_Directory Where Name ='C:\\Test'"
PS C:\> $a | Remove-WMIObject

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