How to find Windows 7 Computers in your organization? – Applying Filters in “Microsoft Management Console”


With the increasing sales of Windows 7, most of the companies have now more than 1 Operating Systems in their systems. Like Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. With all this mix of operating systems, sometimes, it can be hard to find something very easy. I recently had to find out all our Windows 7 computers in our organization to change all the MAK activated Windows 7's to KMS licensing server. Usually, to find out all the computers with some specific configuration, I would use a program like "Spiceworks" or "Windows System Center Essentials". But let's assume that we don't have anything else other than our famous Windows Administration Toolkit. So, to make a good .CSV report with all the Windows 7 clients inside of your organization follow the following instructions;

  1. Fire up your "Microsoft Management Console" with the "Active Directory" snap-in!
  2. Explore to the "Organizational Unit" of your client computers in Active Directory
  3. From the "Menu Bar", click on "View" tab and "Filter Options"
  4. From the "Filter Options" window, choose to "Create a Personalized Filter" and click on "Personalize" button!
  5. Now click on "Field" button, "Computer" and choose "Operating System".
  6. In the "Condition" field, choose the "Exactly Equal" option.
  7. "Value" field must be the name of your operating system. In my case it's "Windows 7 Professional"
  8. Click on "OK" button in the 2 windows that are open!


Now, you can explore again to your client computers "Organizational Unit" in Active Directory and you will only see the "Windows 7 Professional" computers. This is because of the "Filter" that we just applied. To delete this filter and see everything in an "Organizational Unit", follow these instructions;

  1. In the "View" menu, choose "Filter Options"
  2. Choose "View all type of Objects" and click "OK"


You must be able to see every object in every "Organizational Unit" like before.





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