Windows System Information

The following overviews describe the types of system information available.

Overview Description
Handles and Objects An object is a data structure that represents a system resource, such as a file, thread, or graphic image. An application cannot directly access object data or the system resource that an object represents. Instead, an application must obtain an object handle, which it can use to examine or modify the system resource.
Registry A system-defined database in which applications and the system store and retrieve configuration information.
System Information Retrieves or sets system configuration, settings, version, and metrics.
Time Retrieves or sets the system time.
Time Provider Retrieves accurate time stamps from hardware or the network, and provides time stamps to other clients on the network.
WaaS Assessment Platform The Windows as a Service (WaaS) Update Assessment Platform provides information on a device's Windows updates.

Additional Resources

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General Windows Development Issues Forum Discuss Windows System Information and other general issues about developing applications for Windows.