getting the version number

Posted on 1999-01-13
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Last Modified: 2010-05-03
I would like to retrieve the version number of a program without running it, so I can compare it to a newer version number and update as needed.
Any ideas...?
Question by:dtucker
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Expert Comment

ID: 1456059
Easier to watch the date/time stamp. Different time/date = different version. Later = newer.

Otherwise you'ld have to diddle with an API call to look at properties (assuming that they used the App.Major/.Minor properties).



Author Comment

ID: 1456060
I would like to use the API Call.
Please submit the code nessessary.
Thank You


Accepted Solution

jeffcameron earned 90 total points
ID: 1456061
I couldn't get it to work because it was taking too much time for too few points, but here is where i left off.  i am pretty sure 95% of it is correct, just i think i need a type declaration for the data i am passing called pBlock.

Public Declare Function GetFileVersionInfo Lib "version.dll" Alias "GetFileVersionInfoA" (ByVal lptstrFilename As String, ByVal dwHandle As Long, ByVal dwLen As Long, lpData As Any) As Long
Public Declare Function GetFileVersionInfoSize Lib "version.dll" Alias "GetFileVersionInfoSizeA" (ByVal lptstrFilename As String, lpdwHandle As Long) As Long
Public Declare Function VerQueryValue Lib "version.dll" (pBlock As Any, ByVal lpSubBlock As String, ByVal lplpBuffer As Long, puLen As Long) As Long

Sub GetFileVersion()
Dim fname As String
Dim lenFV As Long
Dim Version As Long
Dim VersionLen As Long
Dim pBlock As String

fname = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\EXCEL.EXE"

lenFV = GetFileVersionInfoSize(fname, 0)

GetFileVersionInfo fname, 0, lenFV, pBlock

VerQueryValue pBlock, "\\StringFileInfo\\040904E4\\FileVersion", _
              Version, _

MsgBox Version

End Sub

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