Scripting Question

Search for software not listed in control panel

02/07/2014 1143 views


Our company has software "abc" that resides on each user's profile "C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\abc\Profiles\abc.exe".

If I search for abc.exe in K1000 under software, I don't get true results. I know this because I have spot checked a couple of computers I know have the software installed but do not come up in results.  How can I search for this software? 


Please note- the software does not show in control panel as installed.  Nor does it show in program files folder. 


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  • is it running or are you just looking for the file?
  • Thanks for the reply. No, its not running.
    • give me a few, you can use wmic datafile to look for a certain file on a drive. Have answered this once before for a file extension, same type of query.
  • Thanks alot. This is exactly what I was looking for

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will be from the command line:

wmic datafile where "filename='abc' and extension='exe' and path like '\\users\\%' get name

I believe to run this as a ShellCommandTextReturn the asci charters are a little different, so will post that pic when I have it.

Answered 02/07/2014 by: SMal.tmcc
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You could use a custom inventory rule but since the .exe is located in the user's profile it is a unique location for each install. If there anything in the registry you could point to?

Answered 02/07/2014 by: jegolf
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  • ...could you manually move the install directory to a location all user's can access? I did that with Dropbox, for example. By default it installs in the logged in user's profile but I copy that folder, save it on a share, and when user needs it installed I have a script that copies it into the Program Files folder, creates a shortcut for all users on the public desktop and Start Menu. You can then create a custom inventory rule using something like:

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found the custom rule I answered before, so I will create and post a wmic query shortly


Answered 02/07/2014 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Thanks. exactly what I was looking for.

as a custom inventory item use this:

ShellCommandTextReturn(cmd /c c:\windows\system32\wbem\WMIC.exe datafile where (filename="abc" and extension="exe" and path like "\\users\\%") get name)

you will see this under the computer and can then create labels and reports against it

Answered 02/07/2014 by: SMal.tmcc
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