The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a free management tool that is shipping with Windows 2000. It is also available for operation in Windows 95, 98, and NT. To download, go to the following link:
There is plenty of information on this on the Microsoft web site, the full documentation can be downloaded from the following link:
Basically, this offers a more user friendly management console that has a simpler language for obtaining system queries, which is the WQL. More information on this query language can be found on the MSDN site at the following link:
Rather than paraphrase what they are printing, I'll just let you go get all of the official documentation that they offer. Let me know what you find through your testing, and, as always, I'll do the same.