Find out if MS Word is available

For some time I have been using the registry to determine if MS Word is installed on a computer.

I am tring to avoid using the registry in my new version. Does anyone know a way of detecting if MS Word is installed on a machine without going to the registry?

I am using MS Access VBA and am upgrading the application from Access97 to Access2002

Regards

Ray
rgudgeonAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Ryan ChongCommented:
To determine whether M$ Word is installed, try like:

Public Function isWordInstalled() As Boolean
    On Error GoTo EH
    Dim objApp As Object
    Set objApp = CreateObject("Word.Application")
    DoEvents
    Set objApp = Nothing
    isWordInstalled= True
    Exit Function
EH:
    isWordInstalled= False
End Function

then..

msgbox isWordInstalled
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Programming

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.