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    5 Star Lounger jujuraf's Avatar
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    read registry with WinAPI (Excel 97/2000)

    I have a request from a co-worker to write a query to determine if the current instance of Excel is running on a computer which is owned by my company. I've looked in the registry and there are several registry entries which I think are unique that would answer the question. (Each employee is given a company-formatted PC which is pre-configured with a standard set of software but you can add your own too). What I'd like to get is the equivalent of the text on the MyComputer/Properties window. It shows who the computer is registered to name/company. I have that great API tool from but can't figure out which registry call to use.

    Any registry geniuses out there?

    Deb <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

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    Re: read registry with WinAPI (Excel 97/2000)

    Well, this is cheating, but... Word has a System.PrivateProfileString function that makes registry reading relatively easy, without any API programming. However, you would need to set a Reference to Word in order to do this efficiently.


    <pre>Sub RegRead()
    'requires a reference to the Microsoft Word x.x Object Library
    Dim strSetting As String
    strSetting = System.PrivateProfileString("", _
    "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersion" & _
    "ExplorerUser Shell Folders", _
    MsgBox strSetting
    End Sub</pre>

    Hopefully a real registry genius will post the actual API calls if you prefer to go that way.

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    Re: read registry with WinAPI (Excel 97/2000)

    On my Windows 2000 system the registered owner is found in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionRegisteredOwner key.

    I used the Regedit program to search for the name displayed in My Computer properties. I guess you will have to do the same to differentiate between the keys used by the various flavours of Windows.


    Kevin Bell

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