Configure WMI Control in Windows 8

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a key part of the Windows 8 operating system. It is used to gather system statistics, monitor system health, and manage system components.

It is used by management tools such as Windows Systems Management Server; it will probably not display anything on your Windows 8 computer when you click the WMI control in the Computer Management console. This service must be running and properly configured, and can be accessed on a local or remote system that run Microsoft Windows operating systems.

1. Right click on computer Icon and click Manage.

2. In Computer Management, Expand the Services And Applications by double clicking. Next, click WMI Control to select it. Right-click WMI Control, and then select Properties. You can now use the WMI Control Properties dialog box to configure WMI.

3. In WMI control Properties

General Items

On this tab provide summary information for the system and WMI. WMI uses the credentials of the current user to obtain system information.


Backup/Restore Statistics gathered by WMI are stored in a repository.By default, this repository is located in %SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem\Repository. These statistics are automatically backed up at regular intervals.


Security settings determine who has access to different levels of WMI statistics. By default, the Administrators group has full access to WMI, and the Authenticated Users group has permissions to execute methods,enable accounts, and write gathered statistics.


Advanced settings determine the default namespace for WMI. The default namespace is used in WMI scripting when a full namespace path isn’t set for a WMI object. You can change the default setting by clicking Change, selecting a new default namespace, and then clicking OK.

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