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I'm trying to use regex to match some data inside the output from the command: reagentc.exe /info

I want to determine whether Windows RE is enabled or not.

I'm using 3 sample outputs from reagentc.exe /info that vary by OS (Win7 or Win8.1) and language (English or Japanese), and I'm trying to use regex to match regardless of the OS or language.

Output from reagentc.exe /info on W7 in English is:

Extended configuration for the Recovery Environment

    Windows RE enabled:   1
    Windows RE  staged:   1
    Setup enabled:        1
    Custom Recovery Tool: 1
    WinRE.WIM directory:  \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition3\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Recovery Environment: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition3\Recovery\WindowsRE
    BCD Id:               33093dbe-2f2d-11e6-aa80-f46f281dee21
    Setup Files:          
    Recovery Operation:   4
    Operation Parameter:  
    Boot Key Scan Code    0x8500
REAGENTC.EXE: Operation successful

Output from reagentc.exe /info on W7 in Japanese is:


    已启用 Windows RE:   1
    已暂存 Windows RE:   1
    已启用安装程序:      1
    自定义恢复工具:      1
    WinRE.WIM 目录:      \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk1\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
    恢复环境:            \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk1\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
    BCD Id:              5aae7821-32f3-11e6-b40e-64006a3a8e97
    恢复操作:            4
    启动密钥扫描代码     0x8500

Output from reagentc.exe /info on W8.1 in English is:

Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration

    Windows RE status:         Enabled
    Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 7e51fec8-a88c-11e3-b0a8-d4bed9846788
    Recovery image location:   \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition5\Dell\Image
    Recovery image index:      1
    Custom image location:     
    Custom image index:        0

I've been trying to use the http://regexr.com/ site to test various regex syntax and I've cobbled together the following pattern (which works OK on that website, but not in AutoIt):

/(?=.*?\bWindows RE\b).*?\b:.*/g

I tried using the pattern in AutoIt like this:

$aREAgentCInfo = StringRegExp($sCMD, "(?=.*?\bWindows RE\b).*?\b.*", 3); Array of global matches (i.e. all matches in a multi-line string)

If @error Then MsgBox(0, "", "Error: " & @error & @CRLF & "Extended: " & @extended)
If IsArray($aREAgentCInfo) Then _ArrayDisplay($aREAgentCInfo, "Initial")

$sCMD above is the output retrieved by running the reagentc.exe /info (with the outputs pasted earlier in this post).

It just keeps returning with @Error set to 1

I have to admit, I don't understand regex and have tried to piece together the pattern from other regex example websites.

Please can someone help me understand what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks in advance


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Please try this. If it works and if needed I'll give you the regex translation  :)

$test = StringRegExp($sCMD, '(?i)Windows RE\h*(?:enabled|status)?:\s*(?:1|enabled)')

Msgbox(0,"", ($test = 1) ? "enabled" : "disabled")


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Hi mikell


Yes, that works as I need, thanks so much!

OK - please can you decode the regex for me now :-)


Many thanks


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OK, here it is
StringRegExp used without parameter returns true or false, so this checks the presence of string(s)
There is no capturing group needed, the whole expression must match to return true

(?i)Windows RE\h*(?:enabled|status)?:\s*(?:1|enabled)')

(?i) : case insensitive
Windows RE : checks "Windows RE"
\h* : 0 or more horizontal white spaces
(?:enabled|status)? : non-capturing group to check "enabled" OR "status". The "?" makes it optional (group may exist or not)
:\s* : a colon and 0 or more white spaces
(?:1|enabled) : non-capturing group to check "1" OR "enabled", this also matches "Enabled" because of the (?i)



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Thanks for the explanation, very informative!


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