Run an exe in a batch file, but check if its running first

Trying to write simple logic in a .bat file that checks if xxxx.exe is running on a workstation and, if not running, implement the xxxx.exe program.

The aforementioned xxxx.exe file is located in the following location:   C:\Program Files\xxxx.exe

Your help is greatly appreciated!

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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
You need the PStools from Microsoft's Sysinternals website then run this:

PSList | Find "myprogram"
If Errorlevel 1 myprogram.exe

First line will get list of running processes and then search for the program name in the list.
If the previous command didn't find the program, then run it.
Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
I was looking for a script to enter into my .bat file. Is this possible
Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
The two lines above can be included in your scripted batch file.
Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for clarifying, sir.  That makes sense!  

Do I need to include the path as well or just the exe?

Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
If the first line, it might not have the '.exe' part. Run PSList by itself to see what the actual name displays as, to ensure it will pick it up. The second line is ok.
Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
When running this script I get the following error:  "PSList is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"

What do I do?
Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
This is what I am testing out as a starter and its giving me the error:

@echo off

If Errorlevel 1 ECHO Hello world
Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
There's actually no need for external tools; just change the program path in line 3, the rest will automatically be taken care of:
@echo off
set Program=C:\Program Files\xxxx.exe

for %%a in ("%Program%") do (
	set Folder=%%~dpa
	set Executable=%%~nxa
tasklist.exe /fi "IMAGENAME eq %Executable%" | find /i "%Executable%" >NUL
if errorlevel 1 (
	echo Starting '%Executable%' ...
	start "" /d "%Folder%" "%Program%"
) else (
	echo '%Executable%' already running.

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Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
Great. This seems so much easier, as downloading PSList is just not as straightforward as I had imagined...

I will test this out..

Thanks so much!
Jabal_AwliyaAuthor Commented:
This solution addresses my stated problem head-on.  Thanks!
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