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Edit clients registry with Javascript

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Problem:
Need javascript, maybe active x, code to manipulate clients registry and change the default printer to one specified in code.

Scenario:
Intranet Order Entry System, wish to have full control over printing, have active X script which enables direct printing to Default Printer. However since it only prints to default printer I need code to edit clients registry to change the default printer as well, depending on which page they are printing; IE: user prints quotes - sends to regular laser printer, with quote, labels are also printed, the code will change the default printer registry key to reflect the label printer, print the labels, and then write original values back to the key.

Goal:
User clicks print, writes new default printer values to the registry for printer, prints documents, redirects to a new page (to confirm printing completion) where it rewrites old default printer values.

Notes:
the registry key to edit default printers on Windows XP Pro is found HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\Device
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Question by:LTY83
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Gonavitch earned 2000 total points
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Your trying to do something that is completely impossible with JavaScript. Editing the users registery without letting them know is very and can result in your site to be shut down. Also probally can't be done with any type of web-langauge.
Sorry to be a little meany here but it can't be done!

Regards,
Jamison
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by:LTY83
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This is for an INTRANET system so it won't be live on the web. I know it can be done, but on which language is the question. I think I have a couple ideas on how to fix this. Thanks
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by:mmarksbury
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JavaScript has built in functions to prohibit this.  If it was possible, it would be a HUGE security issue.

Sounds like you should build an activeX control that does this.  You see this type of activity from adware sites all the time.  They force you to download a small .exe file that creates registry entries, installs programs, etc.  If you're browser's security settings are low enough, this all happens in the background.

Good Luck.
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