BIOS Data in the Registry

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Ever wondered how SMS and other query tools can pull BIOS information from remote boxes? Many of these tools simply read the registry. BIOS data appears in the following registy key in Windows 2000 and Windows NT:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System
Name: SystemBiosDate
Type: REG_SZ
Name: SystemBiosVersion
Type: REG_SZ
Name: VideoBiosDate
Type: REG_SZ
Name: VideoBiosVersion
Type: REG_SZ

Milage may vary depending on your system but the system BIOS and video BIOS settings are generally found.

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