Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Find and Disable Webcams

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to find and disable webcams and cameras. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is really interesting (at least to me) the way certain questions seem to swirl around like trigger fish taking up residence near a coral reef. They keep coming back,…


Use PowerShell to Explore Windows Audio Drivers

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to explore Windows audio drivers.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a problem with one of my computers—the audio driver is causing me fits. I would like to know if I can use Windows PowerShell to explore this issue. I think it would be really…


Use Hidden WMI Classes and PowerShell to Discover HID Info

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using two WMI classes from the root\wmi namespace to reveal additional HID hardware information. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well, the Scripting Wife and I returned from Europe yesterday. It is good to be home, but we will miss our friends and all the great…


Use PowerShell and WMI to Find Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell and WMI to find a wireless keyboard or mouse attached to a system. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Yesterday, we had a great time at the Windows PowerShell user group meeting at the Microsoft Office in Munich (actually just outside of Munich)….


Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (11/6/09)

In this post: Using the Active Directory DirectoryEntry Class How Can I Run a Script Whenever a New USB Drive Is Attached to a Computer? Making a Specific Windows PowerShell 2.0 Script Work with Windows PowerShell 1.0 Can I Use VBScript to Distinguish Between Versions of Windows Server 2008? How Can I Determine the Drive Letter…

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How Can I Tell Whether a Computer has a Specific CD in It?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I tell whether or not a computer has a CD named MyApps in it?– CB Hey, CB. You know, this is one of those questions that the Scripting Guys almost feel bad about answering. Why? Well, at first glance this sounds like it might be a really complicated problem to…

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How Can I Get a List of Installed Device Drivers?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get a list of installed device drivers, their version number, and their date?– SH Hey, SH. You know, as we’re writing this column the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in full swing. But don’t worry: despite the fact that this year’s opening round games are…

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How Can I Determine Which USB Devices are Connected to a Computer?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I determine which USB devices are connected to a computer?– WM Hey, WM. If you watch a lot of TV – um, not that the Scripting Guys do; we spend our spare time reading the works of Shakespeare, solving differential equations, and otherwise tending to our many intellectual pursuits. As…

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