How to open an .exe file using vbscript that has spaces in the name?

Posted on 2014-12-04
Last Modified: 2014-12-04
All with the following I can get my .exe file opened up except when there are spaces in the name.
Please note the following below:

Because the program PDF Parser.exe has a space it never seems to find the file to open and run it.
How do I change the syntax below to make this work?  

I have tried several samples shown here:

Is there another I can try?  
Does someone have an .exe file to try and open - perhaps rename it with a space and try the following code below:

sExecutable = "C:\Users\slecompte\Documents\SMW_Transfer\PDF Parser\PDF Parser.exe"

Dim objShell
Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )

If LikeFunction(sExecutable) = False Then
  'this line works when a file has no spaces.
  objShell.Run "%comspec% /c start " & sExecutable, 0, True
  'this line doesn't work no matter what I try:
  Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
  strCommand = "%comspec% /c start "& chr(34) & sExecutable & chr(34)
  'sExecutable = chr(34) & chr(34) & chr(34) & sExecutable & chr(34) & chr(34) & chr(34)
  'MsgBox sExecutable
'"""C:\Program Files\abc_edf\cde\qw.exe""",1,true
  objShell.Run strCommand , 1, True
  'MsgBox strCommand
End if
Set objShell = Nothing

Public Function LikeFunction(sValue)

  Dim bValue
  Dim i
  For i = 1 to len(sValue)
     If mid(sValue, i, 1) = " " Then
       bValue = True
       Exit For
     End If
  LikeFunction = bValue

End Function

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Question by:stephenlecomptejr
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Expert Comment

by:Bill Prew
ID: 40481495
This should do it.

Since you are using the START command with a quoted file name, you need to include the title paramater.  So the effect you are going for is:

start /c "" "C:\Users\slecompte\Documents\SMW_Transfer\PDF Parser\PDF Parser.exe"

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which you can code as:

  strCommand = "%comspec% /c start " & chr(34) chr(34) & " " & chr(34) & sExecutable & chr(34)
  objShell.Run strCommand , 1, True

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Accepted Solution

oBdA earned 500 total points
ID: 40481532
You don't need cmd.exe when starting an exe file. This should do the job just fine:
sExecutable = "C:\Users\slecompte\Documents\SMW_Transfer\PDF Parser\PDF Parser.exe"
Dim objShell
Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )
strCommand = chr(34) & sExecutable & chr(34) &
objShell.Run strCommand , 1, True
Set objShell = Nothing

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Author Comment

ID: 40481600
oBdA,  Your code worked even though - I swear I tried that exact code.  Of course I had to take the & at the end off.
Bill, I tried your code but it gave an error - expected end of statement - Line 13 - char: 48
which was this line:
  strCommand = "%comspec% /c start " & chr(34) chr(34) & " " & chr(34) & sExecutable & chr(34)
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Expert Comment

by:Bill Prew
ID: 40481865
Whoops, forest, tress, etc.  I was focused in on the file you were executing, etc.  Glad you have a working solution.


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