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Hi i need to cretae an app which will fit onto a stiffy that when it is run will run thru and pick up waht applications have been installed on the pc and there serial number (if possible) then write the information back to the stiffy disk

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Craig
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VbmasterCommented:
This sounds like a impossible task.. program just don't save serial numbers in a standardized format. Not to mention those programs that do not save the serial number to harddrive (why would it?).
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
Hi
Does i not store the information in the registry ?
because if u reinstall a piece of software like office 97, the second time around it does not ask for the serial number but shows who the software was registered to with the serial number


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CRaig
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VbmasterCommented:
But every program has probably their own way of storing the data, so to look for a program's serial number will mean you will have a gigantic database of how to look for each and every program.
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EdGCommented:
Craig,
 

Although you won't be able to get the Serial numbers because there is no standard for storing them (Office just looks at the place it stores it's own) you can get a list of the installed applications.  Iteriate through the registry at this location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Uninstall to see a list of all application.  To filter it down to the list that you see in the Control Panel Applet only use those application that have the String value 'DisplayName'.

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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
To EdGthanx allot for the help, i will take a look at it thanx allot for the help

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Craig
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
Thanx
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