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Detecting an OCX

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How can I detect if an OCX, let's say ABC123.OCX,
is already registered, so that I don't have to register
it again ???
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Question by:fussel
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Hi,
the easiest way I know is using the fact that every OLE related object has a Unique id called CLSID in the registry. So,

1 - Determine the CLSID of the OCX you seek
  - install the OCX in your machine and open registry
  - search values for its name for example ABC123.OCX and note its root CLSID assume it is {0D84B381-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}

2 - Determining if it is installed on any machine

function IsABCRegistered:boolean;
var
  R : TRegistry;
begin
  Result := false;
  R := TRegistry.Create;
  try
    R.RootKey := HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT;
    R.OpenKey('CLSID', false);
    Result := R.KeyExists('{BD84B381-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}');
    R.CloseKey;
  finally
    R.Free;
  end;
end;

regards, igor
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by:fussel
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Thanks for your help !!
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You are welcome ;-)
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