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Reading the Registry by skiflyer
Posted: 27 Jul 04

Using the COM abilities of PHP it's trivial to read registry values from your windows SERVER.  This is alright for Web based activities, but often more useful when using PHP for standalone scripting.

Here's a simple example one can use to find out where the Microsoft .NET compiler executable is located on their machine.


$shell = new COM("WScript.Shell") or die("Requires Windows Scripting Host");

$devenvpath=$shell->RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\App Paths\\devenv.exe\\");

One thing I've overlooked a few times in the past is when cutting and pasting the value from regedit, you'll need to remember to escape the \'s by turning them into \\'s

Hope this helps.

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