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Hiya,

     Anybody know how I can detect if I'm running on Windows NT Workstation or Windows NT Server.  I can only detect if it's Windows NT or Windows 95/Windows 98.  When it's running on Windows NT, I can't detect if it's server or Workstation  and as well, when it's on Win 95, I can't detect if it's WIn95 or Win98.. I'm using the sysinfo control.

Thanks in advance.

       palim
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by:groone
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The only difference between NT workstation and NT server is the administration programs of NT Server so the easiest way to check would be for your program to maybe do a search of a specific admin program or dll that would not be in workstation but would be in server with a general setup and no pack added.  Maybe do a search for dhcpadmn.exe or user.exe.  I believe either of these would work for you.
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by:palim
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Are these software installable to the workstation if lets say I have remote admin installed on the workstation?  I'm looking for something that's maybe set in the registry or something that the O/S has registered, that I can get using an API call.
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by:Mirkwood
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15 points means that this question is super, super easy.
Increase points to 100 and I will give you the answer.
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by:palim
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Well... it may be easy to some but not to others you see... :)  How 'bout 50?
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In order to distinguish between Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server, use the registry API to query the following:


   \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM
   \CurrentControlSet
   \Control
   \ProductOptions

The result will be one of the following:

   WINNT      Windows NT Workstation is running.
   SERVERNT   Windows NT Server (3.5 or later) is running.
   LANMANNT   Windows NT Advanced Server (3.1) is running.

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