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Hey all... is there a way to open windows explorer for browsing and executing files in a web page... i mean... at the discretion of the user... something like this:

<a href="explorer.exe /e, d:\work">Open Windows Explorer</a>

is that possible?

Thanks! The faster the more points your get...

Cheers!

MaxOvrdrv
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What are you trying to do?  When you say "executing files in a web page", do you mean first uploading the files to a directory on the server and then doing something with them?  

In this case, I think if you can give us a better understanding of what you're trying to achieve, it will help guide us to providing a better solution...

Thanks!
Phil
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by:MaxOvrdrv2
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well... ok... i don't know how more specific i can get but...

1) user loads web page...
2) user clicks on a link and one of two things can happen:
  a) Windows Explorer pops-up into the folder of my choice
  b) .EXE file runs on the client WITHOUT having the "Open or Save" I.E. box opening.

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okay --

So, this interface would allow your users to execute apps that reside on the web server on their own client machine?

-- or --

This interface would allow your users to execute apps that reside on their own machines?

Just want to make sure I understand...

Thanks!
Phil
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basically... it's a CD and i want to make a web page where the users of the CD can load the .exe files on their computer without having the stupid download box appear... it should always be "Open" if you catch my drift...

I know ASP is server-side... but is there a way to load files on the client? just using HTML or J-Script?

Thanks!
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I think I understand better what you're after.  

So basically, you want to provide your users with the ability to execute a file from a CD.  This CD will exist in the CD Rom drive on the web server.  The desired functionality is for the user to click this file on a webpage, which would then execute the file on their client machine, without popping up a download dialog box.  It would automatically download the *.exe to a temp directory and execute the file.  

Is this all correct?  Sorry to ask so many "clarifying questions" but I want to make sure I understand what you're after before I go in a wrong direction!

Regards,
Phil
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Hey....

No... not on the server... on the client... the user gets the CD in the mail... let's say... then he/she puts it in the CD-Rom... then the web page pops up... (this is all done already)... which displays a list of drivers to install... in the form of .exe files... and i want the user to just click a link for their appropriate driver... and it should run without popping up the download box... this is all done on the client... i know ASP is server-side... but i asked in this forum anyway because i know a lot of the people here know more than just ASP... and i like ASP... so there... :P
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heehehe, okay, it's a lot more clear now!  

so you just want to execute a file on the client from a webpage.  gotcha.  like I think you already know, I wouldn't use ASP for this.  Not necessarily just because ASP is server-side, but also because it means you have to assume that all of your customers / CD users will have IIS up and running properly on their machines.  Anyways, let me investigate some methods for executing *.exe files in js / html and I'll get back with you.

Regards,
Phil
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Okay --

I think this is what you're after:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q232077

Check out the "iframe linking" section.  

I have been able to successfully do this using the following code in an HTML document:

----------------------
Click on the icon in the following window to run this very special
program automatically without annoying dialog boxes:

<IFRAME SRC="/?scid=%5c%5c"></IFRAME>
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Obviously, this enumerates all the contents of the C:\ on the client machine.  You will want to modify the actual IFRAME SRC attribute to be whatever directory you want it to be.

Hope this is what you're after!  I think it is....

Best regards,
Phil
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Glad to have helped!

I learned something new here, too.

Thanks,
Phil
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