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Hello,

We are running an archiving system on our Hosted Exchange environment within our Citrix XenApp environment (windows 2003 R2).

We have a re-occuring issue with outlook, when users are consulting Archived emails.
Outlook then failes on formularscripts
When we access the registry of the Terminal server and delete the below 2 reg-values, the problem is temporarely solved until the system (don't know why) simply puts back the 2 values.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\000021209030000000\OutlookVBScript

HKCR\Installer\Features\00002109030000000000000000F01FEC\OutlookVBScript

We are looking to delete the values automatically instead of having to perform the same deleting action over and over again.

I've already created a batch file with the following commands in:

REG DELETE HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\000021209030000000\OutlookVBScript /f

REG DELETE HKCR\Installer\Features\00002109030000000000000000F01FEC\OutlookVBScript /f

The batch file succesfully deletes the first value, but the second one does not seem to work.
This is the result i'm getting after the second key (although i'm a 100% sure this value exists)

C:\>REG DELETE HKCR\Installer\Features\00002109030000000000000000F01FEC\OutlookV
BScript
Permanently delete the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\0000210
9030000000000000000F01FEC\OutlookVBScript (Yes/No)? y
ERROR: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value.

So now i have 2 questions:

1) What can i do, to get this value deleted, without having to go into the registry myself?
2) How can I run the patch file at startup, without having to log into the system as administator? Can this be done with a scheduled task?

Please advise asap.
Kind regards,
Bert
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by:Ashok Dewan
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First if you want to run patch file at startup. Simply put a batch file into startup folder.
C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Note: you can replace the user name instead of administrator which daily logon to that pc.
or
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
create REG_SZ String
with cmd /k c:\filename.bat or cmd /c c:\filename.bat
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by:2Cs
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Or you can use group policy to remove the registry key, much more reliable and would work for all users that log onto the machine.
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by:saphico
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I'm not going to log in to the system, so putting it in the startup folder is not a solution.

I'm not used to using group policy's so i would rather not use that either. is their another solution?

do you have a solution to the failing deletion as well?
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Why not create a scheduled task to call the above batch file that runs at start-up/logon/etc. and create a local user account for it to run under?
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Ok, that seems a good solution, but now i still need to find a solution for the second reg key....
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it solved the problem
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