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I need some help detecting whether Netscape and Internet Explorer has been installed on the system.

I also need to retrieve the paths of these two browsers if they are installed

Thanks in advance,
WizKid
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Waldek earned 150 total points
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go to Delphi Super Page and download gotoweb component. In component You have a function FindBrowser
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by:ronit051397
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Here is a code for getting installation directory of Netscape:

uses registry;
...
procedure .....
var FDir: String;
begin
  with TRegistry.Create do
  begin
    OpenKey('Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Main', True);
    FDir := ReadString('Install Directory');
    CloseKey;
    Free;
  end;
end;
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by:WizKid
ID: 1355351
ronit...
How about Internet Explorer??
And does this work for all versions?

Is it possible to get the version number as well?
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by:ronit051397
ID: 1355352
1. IE
In order to get details on Netscape you need to do some research on the registry file, that's how I got the installation directory. Since I don't have the IE installed in my computer, therefore can't make the inquiry. But you can, after you have seen the example.

2. Netscape versions.
I don't think that Netscape programmers (and any other good programmer, in general) will change the registry keys/values
names from one version to another, since it would be very difficult to maintain the sources.

3. Getting version number.
There are 2 ways to get it:
A. By getting the version of the Netscape Exe file, that is by calling GETFILEVERSIONINFO. An example can be found in:
http://www.borland.co.uk/devsupport/delphi/ti_list/TI3241.html 
B. By reading the registry file as follows:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var FVersion: String;
begin
  with TRegistry.Create do
  begin
    RootKey:=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE;
    OpenKey('SOFTWARE\Netscape\Conference', True);
    FVersion := ReadString('CurrentVersion');
    CloseKey;
    Free;
  end;
end;
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by:WizKid
ID: 1355353
Thanks for guiding me to search in the registry...
Have found the way to do it

I can actually get the path from
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\';

Thanks anyway
WizKid
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by:WizKid
ID: 1355354
Thanks for guiding me to search in the registry...
Have found the way to do it

I can actually get the path from
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\';

Thanks anyway
WizKid
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by:ronit051397
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Yes, but I didn't get the points...
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by:WizKid
ID: 1355356
ronit...

Oops...
I think Waldek got the points. Sorry about that
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by:Waldek
ID: 1355357
Sorry ronit
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