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_GetInstalledPath from Uninstall key in registry (V2.0 11/11/2013)

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G'day All
This is a script I put together some time ago (and recently updated) that is usefull when you don't know where on a system a particular program is installed.

It uses the uninstall information so won't work with programs that don't appear in the uninstall list.
If the programname isn't found (i.e. no registry key of that name) then the "DisplayName" key is searched for the specified program name.

If you find any errors on your system please let me know. Specify what your system is(xp/vista/7 , 32/64) and what program you were trying to find.
 

11/11/2013 V2.0

Update for 64 bit

I finally got back to this with a 64bit OS and found my last 64bit edit didn't work. :( So I spent a bit of time did a bit/lot of research and came up with the code below.

The script will now search through the 3 areas (hklm, hklm64 and Wow6432Node) yes I know I shouldn't have to search Wow6432Node in theory.  However, I found a few programs that didn't appear in either of the other 2 so it's now included just in case.

I also found that not all programs have an "uninstall" key so I've used "DisplayIcon" (which appears to be universal) to get the install location.  If anyone finds a problem with this please let me know.
 

Of course any suggestions/bug fixes are most welcome.

Func example()
    Local $sDisplayName

    ConsoleWrite(@CR & "Find : AutoItv3" & @CR)
    ConsoleWrite(_GetInstalledPath("AutoItv3", $sDisplayName) & " @error = " & @error & @CR)
    ConsoleWrite($sDisplayName & " @error = " & @error & @CR)

    ConsoleWrite(@CR & "Find : Adobe" & @CR)
    ConsoleWrite("Path = " & _GetInstalledPath("Adobe", $sDisplayName) & " @error = " & @error & @CR)
    ConsoleWrite("desplayname = " & $sDisplayName & " @error = " & @error & @CR)

    ConsoleWrite(@CR & "Find : Adobe reader" & @CR)
    ConsoleWrite("Path = " & _GetInstalledPath("Adobe reader", $sDisplayName) & " @error = " & @error & @CR)
    ConsoleWrite("desplayname = " & $sDisplayName & " @error = " & @error & @CR)

EndFunc   ;==>example

; #FUNCTION# ====================================================================================================================
; Name...........: _GetInstalledPath
; Description ...: Returns the installed path for specified program
; Syntax.........: GetInstalledPath($sProgamName)
; Parameters ....: $sProgamName    - Name of program to seaach for
;                                   - Must be exactly as it appears in the registry unless extended search is used
;                   $sDisplayName - Returns the "displayName" key from for the program (can be used to check you have the right program)
;                   $fExtendedSearchFlag - True - Search for $sProgamName in "DisplayName" Key
;                   $fSlidingSearch - True - Find $sProgamName anywhere in "DisplayName" Key
;                                    False - Must be exact match
; Return values .: Success     - returns the install path
;                            -
;                  Failure - 0
;                  |@Error  - 1 = Unable to find entry in registry
;                  |@Error  - 2 = No "InstalledLocation" key
; Author ........: John Morrison aka Storm-E
; Remarks .......: V1.5 Added scan for $sProgamName in "DisplayName" Thanks to JFX for the idea
;                : V1.6 Fix for 64bit systems
;                : V2     Added      support for multiple paths (32,64&Wow6432Node) for uninstall key
;                 :                returns display name for the program (script breaking change)
;                 :                If the Uninstall key is not found it now uses the path from "DisplayIcon" key (AutoitV3 doesn't have an Uninstall Key)
; Related .......:
; Link ..........:
; Example .......: Yes
; AutoIT link ...; http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/139761-getinstalledpath-from-uninstall-key-in-registry/
; ===============================================================================================================================
Func _GetInstalledPath($sProgamName, ByRef $sDisplayName, $fExtendedSearchFlag = True, $fSlidingSearch = True)

    ;Using WMI : Why I diddn't use "Win32_Product" instead of the reg searching.
    ;http://provincialtech.com/wordpress/2012/05/15/wmi-win32_product-vs-win32_addremoveprograms/

    Local $asBasePath[3] = ["hklm\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\", "hklm64\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\", "hklm\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\"]
    Local $sBasePath ; base for registry search
    Local $sCurrentKey ; Holds current key during search
    Local $iCurrentKeyIndex ; Index to current key
    Local $iErrorCode = 0 ; Store return error code
    Local $sInstalledPath = "" ; the found installed path

    $iErrorCode = 0
    For $sBasePath In $asBasePath
        $sInstalledPath = RegRead($sBasePath & $sProgamName, "InstallLocation")
        If @error = -1 Then
            ;Unable To open "InstallLocation" key so try "DisplayIcon"
            ;"DisplayIcon" is usually the main EXE so should be the install path
            $sInstalledPath = RegRead($sBasePath & $sProgamName, "DisplayIcon")
            If @error = -1 Then
                ; Unable to find path so give-up
                $iErrorCode = 2 ; Path Not found
                $sInstalledPath = ""
                $sDisplayName = ""
            Else
                $sDisplayName = RegRead($sBasePath & $sProgamName, "DisplayName")
                $sInstalledPath = StringLeft($sInstalledPath, StringInStr($sInstalledPath, "\", 0, -1))
            EndIf
        EndIf
        If $sInstalledPath <> "" Then
            ExitLoop
        EndIf
    Next

    If $sInstalledPath = "" Then
        ; Didn't find path by direct key request so try a search
        ;Key not found
        $iErrorCode = 0;
        If $fExtendedSearchFlag Then
            For $sBasePath In $asBasePath
                $iCurrentKeyIndex = 1 ;reset for next run
                While $fExtendedSearchFlag
                    $sCurrentKey = RegEnumKey($sBasePath, $iCurrentKeyIndex)
                    If @error Then
                        ;No keys left
                        $iErrorCode = 1 ; Path Not found
                        ExitLoop
                    Else
                        $sDisplayName = RegRead($sBasePath & $sCurrentKey, "DisplayName")
                    EndIf

                    If ($fSlidingSearch And StringInStr($sDisplayName, $sProgamName)) Or ($sDisplayName = $sProgamName) Then
                        ;Program name found in DisplayName
                        $sInstalledPath = RegRead($sBasePath & $sCurrentKey , "InstallLocation")
                        If @error Then
                            ;Unable To open "InstallLocation" key so try "DisplayIcon"
                            ;"DisplayIcon" is usually the main EXE so should be the install path
                            $sInstalledPath = RegRead($sBasePath & $sCurrentKey, "DisplayIcon")
                            If @error = -1 Then
                                ; Unable to find path so give-up
                                $iErrorCode = 2 ; Path Not found
                                $sInstalledPath = ""
                                $sDisplayName = ""
                            Else
                                $sInstalledPath = StringLeft($sInstalledPath, StringInStr($sInstalledPath, "\", 0, -1))
                            EndIf
                            ExitLoop
                        EndIf
                        ExitLoop
                    EndIf
                    $iCurrentKeyIndex += 1
                WEnd
                If $sInstalledPath <> "" Then
                    ; Path found so stop looking
                    ExitLoop
                EndIf
            Next
        Else
            $sDisplayName = ""
            Return SetError(1, 0, "") ; Path Not found
        EndIf
    Else
        Return $sInstalledPath
    EndIf

    If $sInstalledPath = "" Then
        ; program not found
        $sDisplayName = ""
        Return SetError($iErrorCode, 0, "")
    Else
        Return $sInstalledPath
    EndIf
EndFunc   ;==>_GetInstalledPath

Have fun
John Morrison
aka
Storm-E

EDIT: Declares moved to top of function Thanks guinness

Edited by storme

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Nice. I do have one point to make, try to declare variables outside of a loop as it's been found that this can increase the speed of your script.


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Nice. I do have one point to make, try to declare variables outside of a loop as it's been found that this can increase the speed of your script.

Yep point taken. I've fallen into some lazy coding since uni ;)

Script fixed an updated in first post

Thanks!

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Yep point taken. I've fallen into some lazy coding since uni ;)

Script fixed an updated in first post

Thanks!

I wouldn't have called you a lazy coder, this was just an oversight. Thanks for updating too.

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

I haven't been able to find -any- program. I am only using the Display Name.

Here is an example:

#include <_GetInstalledPath.au3>

Local $installedPath
$installedPath = _GetInstalledPath("Avistar C3 Communicator™ 2.6")
ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $installedPath = ' & $installedPath & ' >Error code: ' & @error & @crlf) ;### Debug Console

>Running:(3.3.8.1):C:Program FilesAutoIt3autoit3.exe "C:scriptsAutoItBuild_Auto_Installertest2.au3"

@@ Debug(5) : $installedPath = >Error code: 0

+>15:05:45 AutoIT3.exe ended.rc:0

>Exit code: 0 Time: 2.043

I've tried on Win XP (32-Bit) where it is under CurrentVersion Uninstall and on Win7 (64-Bit) where it is under CurrentVersionInstaller

Also, is it possible to make it do a partial match? I don't know what version will be installed and all of the programs I want to uninstall have a version number in the Display Name.

Edited by robinsiebler

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Hi Robin

The function already has a "partial search"...I call it a "sliding search"...

; Parameters ....: $sProgamName    - Name of program to seaach for
;          - Must be exactly as it appears in the registry unless extended search is used
;      $fExtendedSearchFlag - True - Search for $sProgamName in "DisplayName" Key
;      $fSlidingSearch - True - Find $sProgamName anywhere in "DisplayName" Key
;                                   False - Must be exact match

I don't have your program installed on my machine but this should find what you're looking for.

_GetInstalledPath("Avistar C3 Communicator",true, true)

Without the extra parameters the function does a basic check for a single key and if not found returns and error.

$fExtendedSearchFlag - True

is usfull for programs that have number entries under "uninstall".

$fSlidingSearch - True

allows for problems like yours where a version number is included in the display name

I've got both XP-32 & Win7-64 installed here and both have

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall"

On my Win 7 64 bit the "Installer" key contains totally different information.

Hope that helps

Let me know if you have an other problems.

John Morrison

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Thanks!

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Latest version...

The test code I used back in June last year was telling me lies... there is a difference between 32 & 64 bit... sigh sorry

So a minor change was in order to make it work on 32 & 64Bit systems and here it is. :)

#Region ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_Fileversion=1.6.0.0
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_Fileversion_AutoIncrement=p
#AutoIt3Wrapper_AU3Check_Parameters=-d -w 1 -w 2 -w 3 -w- 4 -w 5 -w 6 -w- 7
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Run_Obfuscator=y
#Obfuscator_Parameters=/striponly
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Versioning=v
#AutoIt3Wrapper_Versioning_Parameters=/Comments v%fileversion%:
#EndRegion ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****

;#AutoIt3Wrapper_Run_Debug_Mode=y

Func example()
    Local $installedPath

    $installedPath = _GetInstalledPath("Adobe Reader")
    ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $installedPath = ' & $installedPath & ' >Error code: ' & @error & @crlf) ;### Debug Console
    $installedPath = _GetInstalledPath("KB2482017")
    ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $installedPath = ' & $installedPath & ' >Error code: ' & @error & @crlf) ;### Debug Console
    $installedPath = _GetInstalledPath("EASEUS Todo Backup Free")
    ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $installedPath = ' & $installedPath & ' >Error code: ' & @error & @crlf) ;### Debug Console
    $installedPath = _GetInstalledPath("InCD!UninstallKey")
    ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $installedPath = ' & $installedPath & ' >Error code: ' & @error & @crlf) ;### Debug Console
EndFunc   ;==>example

; #FUNCTION# ====================================================================================================================
; Name...........: _GetInstalledPath
; Description ...: Returns the installed path for specified program
; Syntax.........: GetInstalledPath($sProgamName)
; Parameters ....: $sProgamName    - Name of program to seaach for
;                                   - Must be exactly as it appears in the registry unless extended search is used
;                   $fExtendedSearchFlag - True - Search for $sProgamName in "DisplayName" Key
;                   $fSlidingSearch - True - Find $sProgamName anywhere in "DisplayName" Key
;                                   False - Must be exact match
; Return values .: Success - returns the install path
;                 Failure - 0
;                 |@Error  - 1 = Unable to find entry in registry
;                 |@Error  - 2 = No "InstalledLocation" key
; Author ........: John Morrison aka Storm-E
; Remarks .......: V1.5 Added scan for $sProgamName in "DisplayName" Thanks to JFX for the idea
;               : V1.6 Fix for 64bit systems
; Related .......:
; Link ..........:
; Example .......:
; AutoIT link ...; http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/139761-getinstalledpath-from-uninstall-key-in-registry/
; ===============================================================================================================================
Func _GetInstalledPath($sProgamName, $fExtendedSearchFlag = True, $fSlidingSearch = True)
    Local $i64Bit = ''
    If @OSArch = 'X64' Then
        $i64Bit = '64'
    EndIf
    Local $sBasePath = 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE' & $i64Bit & '\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\'
    Local $sCurrentKey ; Holds current key during search
    Local $iCurrentKeyIndex ; Index to current key

    Local $sInstalledPath = RegRead($sBasePath & $sProgamName, "InstallLocation")
    If @error Then
        If @error = -1 Then
            ;Unable To open InstallLocation so unable to find path
            Return SetError(2, 0, "") ; Path Not found
        EndIf
        ;Key not found
        If $fExtendedSearchFlag Then
            $iCurrentKeyIndex = 1
            While 1
                $sCurrentKey = RegEnumKey($sBasePath, $iCurrentKeyIndex)
                If @error Then
                    ;No keys left
                    Return SetError(1, 0, "") ; Path Not found
                EndIf
                If ($fSlidingSearch And StringInStr(RegRead($sBasePath & $sCurrentKey, "DisplayName"), $sProgamName)) Or (RegRead($sBasePath & $sCurrentKey, "DisplayName") = $sProgamName) Then
                    ;Program name found in DisplayName
                    $sInstalledPath = RegRead($sBasePath & $sCurrentKey, "InstallLocation")
                    If @error Then
                        ;Unable To open InstallLocation so unable to find path
                        Return SetError(2, 0, "") ; Path Not found
                    EndIf
                    ExitLoop
                EndIf
                $iCurrentKeyIndex += 1
            WEnd
        Else
            Return SetError(1, 0, "") ; Path Not found
        EndIf
    EndIf
    Return $sInstalledPath
EndFunc   ;==>_GetInstalledPath

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I think it would be a good idea to search both 32 and 64 bit keys on a 64 bit system as you probably have both types of software installed. I did something similar to your script for getting the DisplayVersion of an installed software package.

; _GetDisplayVersion searches the registry for the uninstall information for $ProgramName and returns the $Version number
;   IN:
;       $ProgramName            Part or all of the DisplayName in Uninstall REG Key
;   OUT:
;       int                     It returns the value of DisplayVersion
Func _GetDisplayVersion($ProgramName)
    Local $i = 1, $Software = '', $DisplayName = '', $Version = '', $Key = 'HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\'
    While 1
        ;Enumerate the Uninstall keys
        $Software = RegEnumKey($Key, $i)
        If @error <> 0 Then ExitLoop
        ;Check the value of the DisplayName key
        $DisplayName = RegRead($Key & $Software, 'DisplayName')
        If StringInStr($DisplayName, $ProgramName) Then
            ;Get the value of DisplayVersion
            $Version = RegRead($Key & $Software, 'DisplayVersion')
        EndIf
        $i += 1
    WEnd

    If $Version = '' And @OSArch = 'X64' Then
        $Key = 'HKLM64\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\'
        $i = 1
        While 1
            ;Enumerate the Uninstall keys
            $Software = RegEnumKey($Key, $i)
            If @error <> 0 Then ExitLoop
            ;Check the value of the DisplayName key
            $DisplayName = RegRead($Key & $Software, 'DisplayName')
            If StringInStr($DisplayName, $ProgramName) Then
                ;Get the value of DisplayVersion
                $Version = RegRead($Key & $Software, 'DisplayVersion')
            EndIf
            $i += 1
        WEnd
    EndIf
    Return $Version
EndFunc   ;==>_GetDisplayVersion

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I typically try to stick with WMI for something like this, usually fewer lines than enumerating the registry directly (and, as pointed out above, you don't have to worry about looking through both hives):

$wbemFlagReturnImmediately = "&h10"
$wbemFlagForwardOnly = "&h20"

$WMI = ObjGet("winmgmts:\\" & @ComputerName & "\root\CIMV2")
$aItems = $WMI.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_Product", "WQL", $wbemFlagReturnImmediately + $wbemFlagForwardOnly)

   For $element In $aItems
       MsgBox(0, $element.Name & " Ver. " & $element.Version, $element.InstallLocation)
    Next

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All about experiences :) I have had exactly the opposite; systems where I cannot enum a remote registry. Nevertheless, there are always 100 ways to skin a cat. Very nice example on your part!


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As I've avoided WMI in the past I don't know a lot about it.

Is there a way checking if the WMI is working or dong the WMI then checking if it's failed (Without generating any error messages for the user)?

I'm just thinking if the 2 were combined it'd be the best of both worlds. :)

On ward and up ward :)

John Morrison

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I typically use a mixture of catching any errors:

Global $oErrorHandler = ObjEvent("AutoIt.Error", "_ErrFunc")

And double-checking that you were able to successfully obtain the object with IsObj.


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UPDATE

V2.0

Update for 64 bit

I finally got back to this with a 64bit OS and found my last 64bit edit didn't work. :( So I spent a bit of time did a bit/lot of research and came up with this code (see first post).

The script will now search through the 3 areas (hklm, hklm64 and Wow6432Node) yes I know I shouldn't have to search Wow6432Node in theory.  However, I found a few programs that didn't appear in either of the other 2 so it's now included just in case.

I also found that not all programs have an "uninstall" key so I've used "DisplayIcon" (which appears to be universal) to get the install location.  If anyone finds a problem with this please let me know.

It works on Windows 7 32 & 64 and should work on other platforms but as yet is untested.  Let me know if you have any problems on a particular platform.

Onward and upward

John Morrison

P.S I did look into changing over to WMI but when I started searched to find out if there were any pitfalls I found this.

http://provincialtech.com/wordpress/2012/05/15/wmi-win32_product-vs-win32_addremoveprograms/

I didn't have time to check if it affects AutoIt but my guess is "yes of course it would".

However, I don't use WMI as I'd has too many problems with it in the past.

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Hi Storme.... somehow I'm not able to get it to work under Windows 7 32Bit. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong but even if I compile the script it won't execute.

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Win7Pro 64Bit

 

Find : AutoItv3

C:Program Files (x86)AutoIt3 @error = 0
AutoIt v3.3.8.1 @error = 0
 
Find : Adobe
Path = C:WindowsSysWOW64MacromedFlash @error = 0
desplayname = Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX @error = 0
 
Find : Adobe reader
Path =  @error = 1
desplayname =  @error = 0
 
 
EDIT:
despite noticed the problem,
very nice
Edited by mlipok

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#18 ·  Posted (edited)

Why do not you use HKEY_CURRENT_USER

example:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallGoogle Chrome]

 

EDIT:

Have you ever wondered about the search programs in this registry key?

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp Paths]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp Paths]

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Find : Adobe reader
Path =  @error = 1
desplayname =  @error = 0

 

It seems that this problem is only with Acrobat Reader 9.x (Probably the installation package does not use these registry keys)

But it seems that newer versions of already work properly.

 

Find : Adobe reader

Path = C:Program FilesAdobeReader 10.0Reader @error = 0
desplayname = Adobe Reader X (10.1.6) - Polish @error = 0

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It seems that this problem is only with Acrobat Reader 9.x (Probably the installation package does not use these registry keys)

But it seems that newer versions of already work properly.

I haven't got a computer with V9 installed on it.  But it could be simply that the example is looking for "Adobe reader" not "Acrobat Reader".  If V9 doesn't have "Adobe reader" in the key or the display name it won't be found.  Let me know if my guess is right. :)

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