Two Minute Drill: DriverQuery.exe

Hello AskPerf!  Blake here to discuss an internal command line tool called DriverQuery.  What exactly is DriverQuery?  I’m glad you asked.  In a nutshell, DriverQuery is a command line tool that displays a list of all installed device drivers and their properties.  Let’s check out its options and some examples.  When you type “DriverQuery /?” from a command prompt, the following appears:



Now let’s take a look at some DriverQuery examples:

Show all installed device drivers which includes Module Name, Display Name, Driver Type, and Link Date


*To display addition columns (see below), add the “/V” switch

Module Name, Display Name, Description, Driver Type, Start Mode, State, Status, Accept Stop, Accept Pause, Paged Pool, Code(bytes,  BSS(by,  Link Date, Path, Init(bytes


Show all installed device drivers in a list view

C:\>Driverquery.exe /fo list


Do not list the column header

C:\>Driverquery.exe /nh


Find drivers that are not signed

C:\>Driverquery.exe /si | findstr FALSE


Find drivers that are currently Running

C:\>Driverquery.exe /v |findstr Running


For most of these commands, you may want to add the “>” command redirection option to output the results to a .txt file.  For example:

C:\>Driverquery.exe /v > C:\results.txt


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-Blake Morrison