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.vbs script to run a file

Posted on 2009-05-18
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I'd like a simple .vbs script that launches a file "MyAutoHotkeyScript.ahk"

The script below I found which originally launched "calc.exe" . I replaced "calc.exe" with the full path/filename of MyAutoHotkeyScript.ahk, but nothing happens.

(P.S. I know nothing about .vbs script files. Where's some good documentation for beginners? [I'm good at other languages.])
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2:Win32_Process")
 
errResult = objWMIService.Create("C:\\Users\\Public\\_zProgramFiles\\AutoHotKey\\MyAutoHotkeyScript.ahk", null, null, intCalcID)

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Question by:deleyd
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by:Hubasan
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Hi deleyd,

just replace sPath variable with the path to your script. This will only work if, when you double-click on your .ahk script, it launches in default script program.

Here try this:
Set oWS = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
 
sPath = "C:\Windows\notepad.exe"
 
errResult = oWS.Run(sPath,,False)

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by:Hubasan
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As for learning how to script, here is a good start for Visual Basic Scripting:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/guide/sagsas_overview.mspx?mfr=true
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by:deleyd
ID: 24414467
I tried this but it can't find the file.

Also tried doubling the backslashes,
sPath = "C:\\Documents and Settings\\Owner\\My Documents\\_zProgramFiles\\AutoHotKey\\idletime.ahk"
but it still complained it couldn't find the file.


Set oWS = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
sPath = "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\_zProgramFiles\AutoHotKey\idletime.ahk"
errResult = oWS.Run(sPath,,False)

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Hubasan earned 500 total points
ID: 24414514
Here try this one:

I have added additional double quotes since your path has spaces in it:
Set oWS = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
sPath = chr(34) & "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\_zProgramFiles\AutoHotKey\idletime.ahk" & Chr(34)
errResult = oWS.Run(sPath,,False)

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by:deleyd
ID: 24414732
I see, chr(34) is the clever way of adding another double-quote.

What character is used to comment out a line in a .vbs script file?
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by:Hubasan
ID: 24414891
You can use apostrophe character. On US keyboard it would be right of the colon/semi-colon key.
Example:

'this line is comented out
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by:crokeefe28
ID: 24416054
try this
Set objApp = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") 
objApp.Run "C:\Users\Public\_zProgramFiles\AutoHotKey\MyAutoHotkeyScript.ahk"

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by:crokeefe28
ID: 24416064
by chance....does the app run in a command windows?  If so, then try this:



Set objApp = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") 
objApp.Run "cmd /c C:\Users\Public\_zProgramFiles\AutoHotKey\MyAutoHotkeyScript.ahk"

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