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Sunday, March 26, 2006


Some Monad Com hacks

Just some Com hacks in MSH I think are nice :
*edit* I keep on forgetting, you will need this alias, or change the new to new-object,
set-alias new new-object

# Some COM hacks

# local user management

MSH>(new -com shell.users).create('foo')

isLoggedOn               : False
passwordRequired         : False
interactiveLogonAllowed  : True
isProfilePrivate         :
isPasswordResetAvailable : False

MSH>(new -com shell.users).item('foo').changePassword('Secret','')

MSH>(new -com shell.users).item('foo')

isLoggedOn               : False
passwordRequired         : True
interactiveLogonAllowed  : True
isProfilePrivate         :
isPasswordResetAvailable : False

MSH>(new -com shell.users).remove('foo')

MSH>(new -com shell.users).item('foo')
Exception calling "item" with "1" argument(s): "The parameter is 
incorrect. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070057 (E_INVALIDARG))"
At line:1 char:28

# File Dialog

$c = new -com UserAccounts.CommonDialog


Filter      :
FilterIndex : 0
FileName    : C:\Documents and Settings\mow\My 
Flags       : 0
Owner       :
InitialDir  :

# Make a CAB file

$m = new -com  makecab.makecab


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Anonymous Jeffrey Snover
Very cool! You could use that to good effect if you had a function which took a filename (and you knew that you'd always have the GUI available):
$Script:CmnDiag = New -Com UserAccounts.CommonDialog

function Get-FileNameViaGUI ($fileName="*.*")
$Script:CmnDiag.FileName = $fileName
$done = $false
While (!$done)
$done = $Script:CmnDiag.ShowOpen()

function cat1 ($file = $(Get-FileNameViaGUI))
get-Content $file

cat1 foo.txt # would display the file
cat1 # would open up the GUI to get the file to then cat
Blogger /\/\o\/\/
> You could use that to good effect if you had a function which took a filename (and you knew that you'd always have the GUI available):

Lol, how did you guess I wanted to use it for that ;-)

Nice Implementation,

the reason this COM way is handy here is that the .NET dialog boxes get no focus. (for forms, you can use this trick :


but not for the dialog boxes,

thanks for the script and comments.

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