Is the polling method WMI? We get better data via WMI. I think the issue here is that IE has a separate WMI counter from where we are polling the data. If you see this thread https://thwack.solarwinds.com/message/218321#218321
aLTeReGo says that we get this data from " hrSWInstalled "126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52" OID from the HOST-RESOURCES-V2-MIB which should list all applications installed, provided those applications properly update the 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall' registry key."
Looking on my install I don't see a value here for IE.
I did find another way you may be able to get this data here is a link to a powershell script that fetches this from another registry key. Script Get the Internet Explorer Version for multiple Computers-HTML Report
We are missing a lot of server applications under "Software Inventory" , a prime example is that for my primary Solarwinds server not a single Solarwinds module is reported. Yet if you RDP to that server and go to Control Panel -> Uninstall a Program I see more than 20 different entries for Solarwinds products complete with Publisher, Install Date and Version. My assumption is that it's very likely that that Windows page is also built from the registry entries seen in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall. This isn't just a Solarwinds server app problem that was just an example, my Oracle servers don't show Oracle software as being installed. Any ideas on what else could be causing this ?
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Internet Explorer is not an application, and as such is not listed in Add/Remove Programs in Windows. Each version of IE is tracked by Microsoft as a hotfix that can be reported in SAM's Asset Inventory under "Operating System Updates Applied" as shown below.
Clicking on KB2841134 in the "Operating System Updates Applied takes you here -> http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133041