File holding Add/Remove Programs text?

Posted on 2006-07-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I'm looking to find the actual file that holds the information which Add/Remove Programs loads. Ie how it populates the names and sizes of all the programs installed. I need to find this file as I am writing a program to check version'ing on multiple programs. Yes I'm aware I can do cmd.exe ProgramName -version, as I'm able to do this for most. However for example MSXML cannot be version'd in any normal way( i.e. I can figure out that a MSXML 4.0 folder exists in C:\Program Files\ , but this doesn't tell me whether it's SP2 or not, I've only found that information available in Add/Remove Programs under its listing).

Question by:cl0ckwork
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

Author Comment

ID: 17047168
I've found a registry key

That has a key called DisplayVersion with the value of 4.20.9818.0. This is what i'm looking for. However I'm highly doubtful that the exact location in which I found this will be universal for all machines. Crawling the entire registry with a script probably isn't very fun either.
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

jasfout earned 125 total points
ID: 17047408
It should be the same for >Win95 (i dont know about vista)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ Current Version\Uninstall

LVL 26

Accepted Solution

Pber earned 125 total points
ID: 17047414
I think it's in the registry


all the keys below that relate to software.  If you delete one of the values below that they disappear from add/remove programs.
There are values within the software key called Version, VersionMajor,VersionMinor which I think is what you are looking for.

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

LVL 10

Expert Comment

ID: 17047442
>Title: File holding Add/Remove Programs text?

there is no text file, but there are several files which make up the registry which contains the "Add/Remove Programs" list

Author Comment

ID: 17047491
Ok so it seems HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
is where I need to look, however, is there a way I can create the hash dynamically so that I know what its name is?
ie instead of parsing through tons of keys in \Uninstall\ is there an algo where the hashstring (ex 4302B2DD-D958-40E3-BAF3-B07FFE1978CE ) is created that I can utilize?
LVL 26

Expert Comment

ID: 17050289
Not really this is done by the OS and the installer.  You'll notice some programs have keys others are guids.  You are pretty much stuck with that.  I would suggest renaming the keys as it might break things.

Featured Post

Use Case: Protecting a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Microsoft Azure is rapidly becoming the norm in dynamic IT environments. This document describes the challenges that organizations face when protecting data in a hybrid cloud IT environment and presents a use case to demonstrate how Acronis Backup protects all data.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Invest in your employees with these five simple steps to improve employee engagement and retention.
I've attached the XLSM Excel spreadsheet I used in the video and also text files containing the macros used below.…
Exchange organizations may use the Journaling Agent of the Transport Service to archive messages going through Exchange. However, if the Transport Service is integrated with some email content management application (such as an antispam), the admini…

732 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question