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Hi.. I'm trying to run WBAdmin.exe the win7/win8 backup using autoit, in both code examples below I get

C:WLD VMRC>wbadmin /?
'wbadmin' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

However when I run simply by manually opening a cmd prompt it will work

C:Windowssystem32>wbadmin /?
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
© Copyright 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights

---- Commands Supported ----

START BACKUP              -- Runs a one-time backup....... etc.

Am I missing something here, any help appreciated, thanks

Send("wbadmin /?" &  "{ENTER}")
$CMD = 'wbadmin /?'
;$CMD = 'c:\Windows\System32\wbadmin.exe /?'
;$CMD = "Ping"
RunWait('"' & @ComSpec & '" /k ' & $CMD, @SystemDir)

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both your scripts work for me (Windows 7 32-bit). but anyway, what's wrong with direct call? add your switches to this:


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It's because you're running a x64 Windows and your script is runnig in x86 mode.

The wbadmin.exe command is stored in c:windowssystem32, and the x86 cmd maps the @SystemDir to C:WindowsSysWOW64 folder.

If you want to access to the x64 commands from a x86 script, you can use @WindowsDir & "sysnative" instead of @SystemDir, or change the PATH environment variable before calling the command, like this

EnvSet("PATH", @WindowsDir & "\sysnative;" & EnvGet("PATH") )
RunWait('"' & @ComSpec & '" /k ' & $CMD, @SystemDir)
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