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SoftwareFeatures and SoftwareElements: A ‘SoftwareFeature’ is a distinct subset of a Product, consisting of one or more ‘SoftwareElements’. Each SoftwareElement is defined in a Win32_SoftwareElement instance, and the association between a feature and its SoftwareFeature(s) is defined in the Win32_SoftwareFeatureSoftwareElement Association. Any component can be ‘shared’ between two or more SoftwareFeatures. If two or more features reference the same component, that component will be selected for installation if any of these features are selected.

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In this WMI class, all WMI properties are read-only. You can only read values but not change them.


Data type UInt16

Number of times this SoftwareFeature has been used


Data type UInt16

Remote execution option, one of irsEnum: ifrsFavorLocal = 0: Install components locally, if possible ifrsFavorSource = 1: Install components to run from the source CD/Server, if possible ifrsFollowParent = 2: Follow the remote execution option of the parent feature


Data type String

The Caption property is a short textual description (one-line string) of the object.


Data type String

The Description property provides a textual description of the object.


Data type String

Product identification such as a serial number on software or a die number on a hardware chip


Data type DateTime

The InstallDate property is datetime value indicating when the object was installed. A lack of a value does not indicate that the object is not installed.


Data type SInt16

The installed state of the software feature.

$InstallState_ReturnValue = 
   -6='Bad Configuration'
   -2='Invalid Argument'
   -1='Unknown Package'


Data type DateTime

Last time this SoftwareFeature was used


Data type String

The Name property defines the label by which the object is known to the world outside the data processing system. This label is a human-readable name that uniquely identifies the element in the context of the element’s namespace.


Data type String

Commonly used product name


Data type String

The Status property is a string indicating the current status of the object. Various operational and non-operational statuses can be defined. Operational statuses are “OK”, “Degraded” and “Pred Fail”. “Pred Fail” indicates that an element may be functioning properly but predicting a failure in the near future. An example is a SMART-enabled hard drive. Non-operational statuses can also be specified. These are “Error”, “Starting”, “Stopping” and “Service”. The latter, “Service”, could apply during mirror-resilvering of a disk, reload of a user permissions list, or other administrative work. Not all such work is on-line, yet the managed element is neither “OK” nor in one of the other states.

'OK','Error','Degraded','Unknown','Pred Fail','Starting','Stopping','Service','Stressed','NonRecover','No Contact','Lost Comm'


Data type String

The name of the product’s supplier. Corresponds to the Vendor property in the product object in the DMTF Solution Exchange Standard.


Data type String

Product version information. Corresponds to the Version property in the product object in the DMTF Solution Exchange Standard.



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Content last updated: 2013-12-27 12:20:21 (UTC).