How to find if a file exists (in the local user's profile)

I can easily set up a custom inventory rule to identify systems that have a certain file if the file is in a static location, such as outlined here:

However I'm tasked with finding computers that have a file in %userprofile%\appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP.

I'm having troubles getting this to work because from what I understand, the inventory is run as a service and therefore has no understanding of the dynamic userprofile folders. Any ideas?

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Posted by: chucksteel 3 years ago
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Here's a one liner that should work in a ShellCommandTextReturn

echo off & for /d %u in (\Users\*) do (if exist %u\appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\Startup\filename.ext echo %u)

The echo off makes the display a little nicer and the output should be something like this:

The users that have the file in their profile will be listed. This will also work for directories.

  • You, sir, are a life saver. This is working fantastically. Thank you for taking the time. Am I correct in assuming that the "for /d %u in (\Users\*) do" section is the equivalent of "for each"? - ljg_gencode 3 years ago
    • Yes, it is the Windows command line version of a for each statement. - chucksteel 3 years ago
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