Access to Windows "Add/Remove Programs"?

Mike Driscoll kyosohma at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 15:34:59 CEST 2008


On Sep 3, 9:41 pm, Sean DiZazzo <half.ital... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sep 3, 7:13 pm, "Gabriel Genellina" <gagsl-... at yahoo.com.ar> wrote:
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> > En Wed, 03 Sep 2008 21:51:59 -0300, Sean DiZazzo <half.ital... at gmail.com>  
> > escribi :
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> > > I'm trying to find a way to get a list of all the installed programs
> > > on a Windows box via Python.  I thought of a few hacks that might
> > > partially work, and then thought about "Add/Remove Programs"  Seems
> > > like the right way to go.  I looked over the pywin32 docs a bit, but
> > > nothing slapped me in the face.
>
> > > Is there any reliable way to get at that info?
>
> > You may enumerate the entries under this registry key:
> > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
>
> > --
> > Gabriel Genellina
>
> Thank both of you.  Perfect!
>
> ~Sean

I have used both of these methods, but it should be noted that not all
programs register themselves in the registry. The usual suspects are
spyware related. But there are still a few programs that you can just
download and unzip that don't write anything to the registry.

But this does work for probably 99% of programs on Windows.

Mike



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