Finding where Internet Explorer is installed

Hi,

Where in the registry can I find the installation directory of Internet Explorer?

On my machine IE is installed in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ but it could be different on other systems.

Thanks,
Alex
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astankovicAsked:
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi - the value data of this key should do it:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE

Deb
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Two places:  

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Well, let me rephrase that..  this is where you set policy restrictions on IE and control the features...   lol, eh..?
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Debsyl99Commented:
lol :))
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astankovicAuthor Commented:
Thanks!

Do you know if HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE will work with other MS operating systems (98, Me, NT4 Workstation, and XP)?

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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
What are you trying to do here..???

FE
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jkrCommented:
Yes, it will work for 98, Me, NT4 Workstation, and XP - if MS obeys their own installation guidelines (available at http://www.microsoft.com/msj/archive/s2bd.aspx - "Fusing Your Applications to the System Through the Windows95 Shell ")
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Debsyl99Commented:
FE has an interesting question there....

There are numerous registry keys that reference the location ie installation path of Iexplore.exe - depends what you want to do as to whether it's a good idea to do it that way, if you know what I mean.

Yes it works for XP too - unsure about Win98/NT Workstation as haven't been near them in a while -
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jkrCommented:
BTW, if you are doing that programmatically, just use

char acFullBrowserPath [ MAX_PATH];

FindExecutable ( "dummy.htm", NULL, acFullBrowserPath);
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astankovicAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your replies everyone...

Here is what I'm trying to do: I need to make sure Adobe Acrobat Reader is completely removed from the system. And it places some files into C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins directory that I need to check for and delete if present.
So yes, I will do it programatically, but from InstallShield Professional 6


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jkrCommented:
>> but from InstallShield Professional 6

You can call any Win32 API from IS6, e.g.

prototype shell32.FindExecutable(LPSTR, LPSTR, LPSTR);

see also http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?pcode=CLASS630PEE&articleid=Q102918

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astankovicAuthor Commented:
jkr,

Do you see any downside of using registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE ?

For FindExecutable I would need to pass path to html file, and I'm wondering if their default browser is something other than IE, it might not give me what I am looking for. MSDN says to use AssocQueryString but its simple to query the registry that to call Win32 function...
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jkrCommented:
No, no downside actually. The default browser problem is something you have to take care of, but won't Adobe actually add plugins to e.g. Mozilla if it was the default browser?
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astankovicAuthor Commented:
Probably, but I don't have to worry about other browsers.

Thanks for your help
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