Find the "programm files" folder for both platform: 32/64bit

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budhax
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Find the "programm files" folder for both platform: 32/64bit

#1 Post by budhax » 26 Aug 2010 03:50

Hello,
1. Is this script a good/safe way to find the folder where softwares are installed,
independently of the platform 32bit or 64bit ?

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SET PF=%PROGRAMFILES%
IF /i NOT "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%"=="x86" SET PF=%PF% ^(x86^)
ECHO %PF%
Pause


2. On a MS Windows 64bit platform, where 64bit softwares are installed: in "Program files" or "Program files (x86)" folder ?

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Re: Find the "programm files" folder for both platform: 32/6

#2 Post by orange_batch » 26 Aug 2010 04:32

It looks okay, but surrounding a whole assignment in quotations is safer because Command Prompt reads the characters as a string instead of literal/command characters.

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SET "PF=%PROGRAMFILES%"
IF /i NOT "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%"=="x86" SET "PF=%PF% (x86)"
ECHO:%PF%
Pause


The one glaring problem I see with this, is if you are running Windows x86 on an x64 processor. The appended (x86) to Program Files would not apply. So make sure any x64 computers are running Windows x64.

However, you are much better off using the VER command line tool, since this is truly accurate.

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for /f "delims=[ tokens=1" %%x in ('ver') do if %%x=="Microsoft Windows XP x64 (or whatever is applicable)" ...

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