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Locate Internet Explorer 'Downloaded Program Files' Folder

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Experts,

Requirement as follows:

1) Get path to the 'Downloaded Program Files' folder on a user's PC (the one that shows when you go Control Panel>Internet Options>Internet Properties>General>Temporary Internet Files>Settings>View Objects)
2) Plonk the files in this folder into a listbox along with their 'Status' attribute (happy to use FSO, if it can fetch that attribute)

The reason I'd like to do this, is for the purpose of an auto-purge routine that every so often reads the files in the folder and if the 'Status' of the file is 'damaged', deletes it.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

Regards,
DocNash
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by:David Lee
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You can use RegRead (http://www.devguru.com/Technologies/wsh/quickref/wshshell_RegRead.html) to read the value from the registry.  It appears to be stored here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ActiveX Cache\0
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by:DoctorNash
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BlueDevilFan's response answers Part 1 of the question - identifying location of Downloaded Program Files folder. How about Part 2 - reading the 'Status' of the ActiveX components listed in that folder (the different 'Statuses' being 'Installed', 'Unplugged' or 'Damaged')?
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by:DoctorNash
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Experts,

No takers for part 2??? Pls Check out this link for precisely what I'm after for part 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/ie/reskit/ie4/Part6/part6b.mspx?mfr=true

I'd like to programmatically access the Status property of the ActiveX controls listed in the C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files folder. The 3 values of the Status property are:
-Installed (means control is installed correctly)
-Unplugged (means that an installation program has registered the ocx file in a location different from where the code download installed it)
-Damaged (means one or more of the dependency files of the control has been deleted)

No magic APIs for this?

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David Lee earned 400 total points
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Try this sample code from http://blogs.msdn.com/gstemp/.  It's toward the bottom of the page.

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer _
    & "\root\cimv2\Applications\MicrosoftIE")
Set colIESettings = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from MicrosoftIE_Object")
For Each strIESetting in colIESettings
    Wscript.Echo "Code base: " & strIESetting.CodeBase
    Wscript.Echo "Program file: " & strIESetting.ProgramFile
    Wscript.Echo "Status: " & strIESetting.Status
    Wscript.Echo
Next
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by:DoctorNash
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That did the trick - thanks!
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by:David Lee
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You're welcome.
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