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executing deinstall from VBA in an Access application

I have dug up the uninstalling  line for my application

       C:\WINDOWS\odeunst.exe -n "C:\Program Files\Counselog 4.0.0\ODEUNST.LOG

from the registry but when I try to run it in a DOS prompt window it complains it can only be run from Program Manager.

Do you know if there is a way to run this command line from an application written in VBA?

Many thanks.
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Peborgh
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Jeffrey CoachmanCommented:

1. Not that it will matter, but what you posted is missing the closing double-quote at the end:

  C:\WINDOWS\odeunst.exe -n "C:\Program Files\Counselog 4.0.0\ODEUNST.LOG"

2. Can you post the exact error message?
Because wen I googled: "can only be run from Program Manager"
...the only hit was this same question.

3. You can try this:

  Dim varOpenApp  As Variant
  varOpenApp = Shell("C:\WINDOWS\odeunst.exe -n" & " " & "C:\Program Files\Counselog 4.0.0\ODEUNST.LOG", vbNormalFocus)

JeffCoachman

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PeborghAuthor Commented:
This try gave illegal parameter and can't continue. I tried the suggested shell line without the & " " & bit, just a space,  and that also failed.

Btw, the original message was "...it can only be run from Program Manager ICON". Any ways around that?

Onward to victory!

peter
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Jeffrey CoachmanCommented:
Peborgh,

Are you sure that is the exact message, if so then perhaps it is an error message generated by the program itself.

It seems like the "Program Icon" (perhpas a shortcut) contains something that this program needs to run.

Go to the properties of the program shortcut and post everything you see here.

JeffCoachman
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PeborghAuthor Commented:
I tried and got nowhere. I think theer is some magic that stops programmers running de-install from their programs.
Thanks for the suggestions as far as they went. It got the question answered...

peter
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