Status "Open" for Reg.exe Load when launched using the WshShell Exec Method

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I am loading a Win PE registry hive using a VBscript and the WshShell exec method. I am using the status property as a indicator to proceed. However, the status returned is always 0, even after the registry hive is loaded. Am I doing something wrong?
Option Explicit
Call ExecCmd("%comspec% /k reg.exe load HKLM\WIM_SOFTWARE ""C:\PE2-Image\mount\windows\system32\config\software""")

Sub ExecCmd(cmd)
  Dim objShell,objExec
  Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
  Set objExec = objShell.Exec(cmd)
	Do While objExec.Status = 0
		Wscript.echo "Process Still Open = " & objExec.Status
		wscript.Sleep 100
		Wscript.echo "Process Closed = " & objExec.Status
End Sub

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Tech Lead (Windows), Endpoint Device Management Services
It looks at first glance because the process you are waiting for is cmd.exe, but you are calling it with /k which means keep the window open.  So the script opens Cmd.exe, runs reg.exe within it, but then because /k was specified the cmd.exe process never finishes.

Try changing the /k for a /c which means close after child process finishes.

Hope this helps,


That appears to be it. I should have caught this, but it did not cross my mind because I was running another sample command (imagex /info), with the /k switch and it would close after reporting the information exepected. Thanks for solving my headache. You deserve all points and more. Thanks again.
Darren CollinsTech Lead (Windows), Endpoint Device Management Services

You're welcome, thanks for the grade.  The other thing I was going to say was that I'm not sure you even to call reg.exe within a Cmd window:  Reg.exe is a program in its own right, so you may only just need to:
Call ExecCmd("reg.exe load HKLM\WIM_SOFTWARE ""C:\PE2-Image\mount\windows\system32\config\software""")

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