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sj77 asked
Last Modified: 2018-01-17
Hello experts,

I am trying to build a conditional statement that does if-else in powershell.

What I want it to do is query a registry path, if it exists print out do nothing

else, create the registry path.

This is what I have...

 $ChkFile = (Get-ItemProperty "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Progressive Automotive Systems\R.O. Writer") | Select-Object -ExpandProperty DataFile
$FileExists = Test-Path $ChkFile 
If ($FileExists -eq $True) {
Write-Host "This regsitry key exists"
else {Write-Host "Hello, World"} 

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For the registry, Test-Path can only be used for keys, not values.  So you could test for the existence of the key "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Progressive Automotive Systems\R.O. Writer" using the cmdlet, but not any values in the key location.

One way to handle testing for a registry value is to detect the error from Get-ItemProperty.
try {
    $ChkFile = Get-ItemProperty "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Progressive Automotive Systems\R.O. Writer" -Name "DataFile" -ErrorAction Stop | Select-Object -ExpandProperty DataFile
    Write-Host "This registry value exists"
catch {
    "Registry path doesn't exist"

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