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The daily rant… Part Deux

by @ 11:36 am on 6/17/2010. Filed under rants

+ cscript isn’t defined as the default scripting engine

+ it requires an admin to change the default scripting engine because it can’t be set at the user context level


Why aren’t servers cscript by default??? This is a quick and easy change when building servers… Either

1. Run cscript //h:cscript


2. Change the value default value of HKCR\vbsfile\shell to “Open2”

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9 Responses to “The daily rant… Part Deux”

  1. Don says:


    3. Just use Perl 🙂

  2. joe says:

    Yeah… Add that to the list of gripes…

    + No perl installed…


  3. Paul Cassidy says:

    Who needs perl on a windows server. IronPython and Powershell rule have access to any job needed in a Windows Environment. Lets move into the 21st Century.

  4. joe says:

    No IronPython, in fact I have never seen IronPython on any of my customer’s servers. PowerShell I have seen, but only on test servers. This customer I don’t even think has it on test servers though. Even if it were on there, I would prefer perl.

    • Brandon says:

      Perl has no place in Windows management and you will soon learn its life span is done. You will have no choice but to learn Powershell, be irrelevant, or retire.

      • Kurt says:

        Brandon said:

        “Perl has no place in Windows management and you will soon learn its life span is done.”

        So, what do you propose for cross-platform scripting? Linux sure ain’t going away, and it doesn’t really exist in the *nix world, notwithstanding pash/mono/moonlight…

  5. Scotte says:

    You can set cscript as the default by shift-right-clicking on a .vbs, open with, and browse for cscript.exe, and check always open with. OR

    Change Application to cscript.exe in

  6. joe says:

    Very cool Scott, that does work… It performs the override in HKCU so I can do it. Awesome. Here is a generic command that should work for folks to do that

    reg add hkcu\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\fileexts\.vbs /v Application /d cscript.exe

    and to remove

    reg delete hkcu\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\fileexts\.vbs /v Application /f

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