windows 7 imaging devices

Hello,
I have a task at work in which I need to get a list of scanners attached to computers. All our PC's are windows 7 enterprise. So I was hoping that maybe there is a windows registry entry for the imaging devices listed in the device manager. Or maybe there is a command you could run in the command line that lists the usb devices?
I have been googleing to look for solutions, and came across something call devcon, but if that needs to be installed at each computer, that wouldn't be practical.
So, any ideas on how I could list the USB scanners that is attached to several computer through out my network?



Hi Jeff,
I'm a huge fan of NirSoft's (free!) utilities, which I've been using for many years:http://www.nirsoft.net/

One of them is USBDeview:http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the download links, and note that there are separate ones for 32-bit and 64-bit.

Note this comment in the Description:You can also use USBDeview on a remote computer, as long as you login to that computer with admin user.
It is a stand-alone/no-install executable — simply run the EXE file that is in the downloaded ZIP file.

Here's the write-up on Connecting To Remote Computer:The following command-line options allows you to connect to remote computers. You must login to the remote computer with admin user in order to use these options.

/remote <\Computer Name>
Allows you to connect a single remote computer.
For Example:USBDeview.exe /remote \MyComp

/remotefile
Allows you to connect multiple computers, and view all their USB activity in one window. The computers list file should be a simple Ascii text file with computer names separated by colon, semicolon, space, tab characters or CRLF.
For Example:USBDeview.exe /remotefile "c:tempcomp.txt"

You would have to include this in a script that connects to all of your computers, but that should be doable. Regards, Joe



Hi Jeff,
I'm a huge fan of NirSoft's (free!) utilities, which I've been using for many years:http://www.nirsoft.net/

One of them is USBDeview:http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the download links, and note that there are separate ones for 32-bit and 64-bit.

Note this comment in the Description:You can also use USBDeview on a remote computer, as long as you login to that computer with admin user.
It is a stand-alone/no-install executable — simply run the EXE file that is in the downloaded ZIP file.

Here's the write-up on Connecting To Remote Computer:The following command-line options allows you to connect to remote computers. You must login to the remote computer with admin user in order to use these options.

/remote <\Computer Name>
Allows you to connect a single remote computer.
For Example:USBDeview.exe /remote \MyComp

/remotefile
Allows you to connect multiple computers, and view all their USB activity in one window. The computers list file should be a simple Ascii text file with computer names separated by colon, semicolon, space, tab characters or CRLF.
For Example:USBDeview.exe /remotefile "c:tempcomp.txt"

You would have to include this in a script that connects to all of your computers, but that should be doable. Regards, Joe



I'm sorry, my company is blocking that software. I can't download it.



Well, that's a shame. NirSoft is as safe as third-party software gets, imo. It has been around for more than 10 years, has more than 180 utilities, and I trust it as much as Microsoft-provided add-ons. Nir Sofer (the software author and website owner) hasn't updated the stats in a long time (and I don't have a paid Alexa account to check), but back in 2008-May, he said that the site had more than 850,000 unique visitors and 13.5 million hits in a month. I believe it — and I'm sure the numbers are bigger today. All of that said, if your company blocks the software, c'est la vie. Perhaps you can request that your IT folks research the site to see if they're willing to give it a seal of approval. Do they allow any non-Microsoft software, such as Adobe Reader or Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, or is it a 100% MS shop? Regards, Joe



I am in the IT department, however, we are big enough that the people in our corporate office decide what software they will allow.
They do allow Chrome and Reader, but it's kind of a pain to try and get software approved, so I was hoping that there is some Microsoft thing.
I did find something called Devcon, I guess it's a part of a developers software kit. I tried this command with it
C:toolsdevcon.exe find * | more
and if I plow though the list, I found the USB scanner I am looking for however, I can't seem to find a way to narrow the search
The scanner is a Fujitsu, and Devcon lists it like this

USBVID_04C5&PID_11F35&45A39F&0&4 : fi-6130Zdj
ACPIPNP0A082&DABA3FF&3 : PCI bus
USBROOT_HUB204&3324AD84&0 : USB Root Hub

I was hoping I could create a search that looks for fi- because we only have Fujitsu's and they all have a model number that starts with fi-



> if I plow though the list, I found the USB scanner I am looking for

I'm not familiar with DevCon. Are you saying that DevCon is creating an output file with all of the USB devices on all of the computers connected to your network?

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