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  • Hi,

    How to find ActiveX control installed or not on a machine c# example.




    Monday, February 12, 2018 4:42 PM

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  • Hello yogi,

    Quote from this link,

    All the ActiveX controls are listed under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\CLSID.

    And you could access registry by below code.

     static void Main(string[] args)
                using (var hklm = RegistryKey.OpenBaseKey(RegistryHive.LocalMachine, RegistryView.Registry64))
                using (var key = hklm.OpenSubKey(@"SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID"))
                    // key now points to the 64-bit key
                    foreach (var v in key.GetSubKeyNames())
                        RegistryKey subKey = key.OpenSubKey(v);
                        if (subKey != null) {

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:54 AM
  • Or rather, call Type.GetTypeFromCLSID() (for the GUID ClassID) or Type.GetTypeFromProgId() (for type name like "HNetCfg.FwPolicy2") for more consistent result. (No matter you target your code to 32 or 64 bit, as long as these return a type, you know the type is available to your code.)

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:29 AM