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Running a program through Autoit isn't working anymore.
Interestingly FileExists returns 0, yet it still works in explorer and the console normally.
Cannot select it in FileOpenDialog either.

It worked in the past, it's a really simple script: a button press calls the function:

Func SnippingTool()
    Run(@WindowsDir & '\System32\SnippingTool.exe')
EndFunc   ;==>SnippingTool

Stuff I have tried:

$sFile = @WindowsDir & '\System32\SnippingTool.exe' ; not working
$sFile = @WindowsDir & '\System32\SoundRecorder.exe' ; also not working
$sFile = @WindowsDir & '\System32\charmap.exe' ; working
;$sFile = FileOpenDialog('',@WindowsDir & '\System32', 'Executables (*.exe)') ; not selectable here
$res = Run($sFile, @WindowsDir & '\System32')
MsgBox(0, $res & FileExists($sFile), $sFile) ; fileexists returns 0, yet the file should exist

Is the buggy or what am I missing?




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  • try compile script as x32bit/64bit According to your Os & Run it after that.
  • you cant Run variable with same name see below how to..:
$sFile = @WindowsDir & '\System32\SnippingTool.exe' ; not working
;$sFile2 = @WindowsDir & '\System32\SoundRecorder.exe' ; also not working
;$sFile3 = @WindowsDir & '\System32\charmap.exe' ; working
;$sFile = FileOpenDialog('', @WindowsDir & '\System32', 'Executables (*.exe)') ; not selectable here
Run($sFile, @WindowsDir & '\System32')
;Run($sFile2, @WindowsDir & '\System32')
;Run($sFile3, @WindowsDir & '\System32')
;MsgBox(0, $res & FileExists($sFile), $sFile) ; fileexists returns 0, yet the file should exist




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1 minute ago, ad777 said:

Try Reinstall Autoit

If you say that in response to one more question it will be your last post for quite a while.

While we understand that you want to be helpful, you are beginning to annoy us with your constant "Reinstall" advice in many of the threads in which you post. If you have nothing sensible to say then just do not post.


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If @OSArch = "X64" And Not @AutoItX64 Then _WinAPI_Wow64EnableWow64FsRedirection(False)


That's what I used for some scripts quite some time ago. As the help file for this function states, it's not always working reliable. The help file embedded link to MSDN is broken, here this functionality is covered: How to make use of it and it's counterpart, Wow64RevertWow64FsRedirection, in an autoit script?


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