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I am working on an AutoIT script to remove a application from Win7.

The application can be removed via Win7 Add/Remove programs, but I need to script the remova, so is there any way to remove the application using AutoIT?


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Sure can, it's an AutoIt thing to do such.

It may be as simple as reading a value in the registry, then using that to run its uninstaller.

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if the application you want to remove was written inside some standards and best practices, it will have an uninstall key in the registry... (it's easy)

If not, the application is installed, it works, but how to uninstall is a way so that those who created the program knows.
If the second option, it is difficult to uninstall a program in an automated way.
I'm not on the computer that has the examples of which I speak, will post later.
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If it is in Add/Remove Programs then it has an entry in the registry. Look in the following places:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall (32 bit machines)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall (64 bit machines)

For 64bit machines, always look in both locations.

Once you find the key for the software you seek, you should see a value for UninstallString. That is what you want to script. For example:

;UninstallString value for Microsoft Visual C++ 2010
;MsiExec.exe /X{196BB40D-1578-3D01-B289-BEFC77A11A1E}

ShellExecuteWait("Msiexec.exe", "/x {196BB40D-1578-3D01-B289-BEFC77A11A1E} /qb") ;Add the /qb switch so you can see progress

Alternatively, you can use WMI:

;Prompt for the name of an application, and then uninstall through WMI

#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

$sName = InputBox("Uninstall Wizard", "Please type the first few letters of the application name to search")
$oWMI = ObjGet("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & @ComputerName & "\root\cimv2")
$aProducts = $oWMI.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Product Where Name LIKE '%" & $sName & "%'")

For $app in $aProducts
    $popup = MsgBox($MB_YESNOCANCEL, "Uninstall Wizard", "Would you like to uninstall " & $app.Name & "?")
        If $popup = $IDYES Then
        ElseIf $popup = $IDCANCEL Then

This could easily be modified if you would just like to input the name of the application, rather than being prompted for it. It can also be easily modified to allow uninstallation of applications on remote PCs.

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