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I'm hoping to find a way to delete registry keys based on wildcards using a batch file rather than writing some vbscript. Does anyone have an example?

I'm forced to proceed with MS's wonderful manual removal of Office as described here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928218

An example of what I'm trying to remove is:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\*F01FEC HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\UpgradeCodes\*F01FEC HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Win32Assemblies\*Office12*

Could reg query throw the values into a variable then possibly hit them with a for loop?

FOR %%i IN (%PATH1% %PATH2% %PATH3%) DO (   
    reg delete %PATH1% /f
)
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2 Answers 2

I broke down and wrote a vbscript for the registry clean up which seems to work...

On Error Resume Next
const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
const HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT = &H80000000
const HKEY_CURRENT_USER = &H80000001
strComputer = "."

Set oReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_ 
strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

strKeyPath = "Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0"
DeleteSubkeys HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath

strKeyPath = "Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0"
DeleteSubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath

strKeyPath = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ose"
Deletesubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath

strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Delivery\SourceEngine\Downloads"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "0FF1CE}-") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "0FF1CE") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UpgradeCodes"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys

For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "F01FEC") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "F01FEC") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "Installer\Features"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "F01FEC") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "Installer\Products"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "F01FEC") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "Installer\UpgradeCodes"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "F01FEC") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

strKeyPath = "Installer\Win32Assemblies"
oReg.EnumKey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys
For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
    If Not InStr(subkey, "Office12") = 0 Then
        'WScript.Echo subkey
    Deletesubkeys HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, strKeyPath & "\" & subkey
    End If
Next

Sub DeleteSubkeys(reghive, KeyPath) 
    Set objReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_ 
strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
    objReg.EnumKey reghive, KeyPath, arrrSubkeys 

    If IsArray(arrrSubkeys) Then 
        For Each strrSubkey In arrrSubkeys 
            DeleteSubkeys reghive, KeyPath & "\" & strrSubkey 
        Next 
    End If 

    objReg.DeleteKey reghive, KeyPath 
End Sub
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I suppose you use REGEDIT and then use FIND to grovel thru the list (or get a port of GNU grep for Win32 and serach using a regular expression). You do run a slight risk of deleting registry keys that don't "belong" to Office, since a fragment of a GUID isn't globally unique!

@echo off
set TEMPFILE=%TEMP%\%RANDOM%.REG
set TODELETE=%TEMP%\%RANDOM%.REG

regedit /e "%TEMPFILE%" HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer

find "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products" "%TEMPFILE%" | find "C]" > "%TODELETE%"
find "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\UpgradeCodes" "%TEMPFILE%" | find "C]" >> "%TODELETE%"
find "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Win32Assemblies" "%TEMPFILE%" | find "C]" >> "%TODELETE%"

for /f "delims=[]" %%i in (%TODELETE%) do reg delete /f "%%i"

del "%TEMPFILE%"
del "%TODELETE%"
:end
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