I need to create an exe that will make some registry and file changes. I've been looking at some free programs but nothing seems to provide any decent support for logic statements (I.e if this registry entry is here do this, otherwise do this etc). Is there anything less complicated then .net that I can use to build something like this? I just haven't used c# in a while and was hoping for something easier.

I've downloaded a few programs but they are of the sort where I'd have to create a package for each combination of program and operating system, and that would just be too much trouble to even bother with.

Basically our telecom company is making changes to our mail servers and we want to make a exe available to our users that will update outlook express, windows mail, windows live mail, or thunderbird so that we hopefully get less calls from users. We have tons of users with WinXP still but also Vista and 7.
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While I have no first-hand experience with it, you might want to have a look at AutoIt for this task.
Have a look on http://www.autoitscript.com

While I've not used it myself I did actually study up on it awhile ago for one particular issue we were having, and found it intuitive and easy to pick up. So there shouldn't be too big a learning curve.

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Answered 09/09/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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I don't think AutoIt scripts can be compiled into EXEs, can they? Or is that only the cheap/free version?

Personally, I'd go with a script and then use on eof the many VBS-to-EXE conversion programs. There is a rather neat [cough, cough] registry class posted her on AppDeploy. I think if you searched for 'clsRegistry' you'd find it.
Answered 09/10/2011 by: VBScab
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Oh yeah I'm rather familiar with VBS that's a really good idea. Thanks a bunch I just didn't know there were any vbs to exe conversion programs.
Answered 09/10/2011 by: krsteen
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I don't think AutoIt scripts can be compiled into EXEs, can they? Or is that only the cheap/free version?

According to the site there's something called Aut2Exe that converts the scripts to executables (see here). I downloaded it without paying

Like I said, not really heavily experienced with it, but it was the first thing that came to mind. If you're more comfortable with VBS, then by all means [:)]

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Answered 09/10/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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AutoIT absolutely compiles to an executable. It can be done within the editor or by running the "Compile Script to exe" program. Just install the FULL version. And it is free.
Answered 09/13/2011 by: pmarshbu
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An excellent tool to make exe files is Winbatch. It's kinda complex and there's not a lot of forum support for it, but it will do pretty much anything you ask of it.
Answered 09/13/2011 by: Arminius
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I've been using AutoIT since it practically came out. The newer versions are excellent and are easy to pickup if you know DOS at the most. You can easily compile to EXE and use it within an MSI or standalone.
Answered 09/16/2011 by: razorfish228
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