Find substring from string output

I have a script (below) that finds the current version of Microsoft Office Installed and outputs it as a string. The string output for example would be 15.0.4771.1000. I don't care about anything past the 15. My goal is to verify that the version of Office is 15. I want to take the substring of the digts before the 1st . (period) and compare it to the value in questioned. How would I do this?

The script below doesn't work even with a wild card for the compared value.

Dim oRegistry
Dim oFSO
Dim sKey
Dim sAppExe
Dim sValue
Dim sAppVersion

Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002

Set oRegistry = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}//./root/default:StdRegProv")
Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
sKey = "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths"
oRegistry.GetStringValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, sKey & "\" & sAppExe, "", sValue
MsgBox oFSO.GetFileVersion(sValue)
If oFSO.GetFileVersion(sValue)="15.*" Then
  WScript.Echo("Office 2013 is installed")
  WScript.Echo("You do not have Office 2013 installed")
End If
Set oFSO = Nothing
Set oRegistry = Nothing


There are at least half a dozen ways to check a part of the string, but "wildcards" do not exist in VBScript.

One way would be If Left(value, 3) = "15." .... Another one would rely on the fact that a version string uses dots as separators: If Split(value, ".")(0) = 15 ....

The following uses Split() and cuts out the WMI; there is an easier way to read the registry in VBScript:

Option Explicit

Dim Shell, FSO, path, version
Set Shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

path = TryRegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\excel.exe\")
If FSO.FileExists(path) Then version = FSO.GetFileVersion(path)

If version = "" Then
    WScript.Echo "You do not have Office installed at all"
ElseIf Split(version, ".")(0) = 15 Then
    WScript.Echo "You have Office 2013 installed"
    WScript.Echo "You have a different version of Office (" + version + ")"
End If

Function TryRegRead(key)
    On Error Resume Next
    TryRegRead = Shell.RegRead(key)
End Function


  • get into the habit of using Option Explicit in every script
  • don't bother setting stuff to Nothing, it really is not worth it
  • The backslash at the end of the path is required, it makes Shell.RegRead() return the default value for that key.
  • I'm pretty sure reading iterating the children of HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and reading the Office version from there is a safer way of finding that information, compared to relying on the App Path for a single executable from the Office package.

There are several ways to do this. For instance you could split the string at dots and take the first field of the resulting array:

version = oFSO.GetFileVersion(sValue)
majorVersion = Split(version, ".")(0)

Other options would be to extract the substring up to the first dot with string functions:

version = oFSO.GetFileVersion(sValue)
majorVersion = Left(version, InStr(version, "."))

or with a regular expression:

Set re = New RegExp
re.Pattern = "^(\d+)\..*"

version = oFSO.GetFileVersion(sValue)
majorVersion = re.Replace(version, "$1")

You can try like this :

Option Explicit
Dim strComputer,objWMIService,colOperatingSystems,objOperatingSystem
Dim colSoft,objItem,OfficeVersion
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
& "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colOperatingSystems = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_OperatingSystem")
For Each objOperatingSystem in colOperatingSystems
    Wscript.Echo objOperatingSystem.Caption
    Exit For
Set colSoft = objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_Product WHERE Name Like '%Microsoft Office%'")
If colSoft.Count = 0 Then
    wscript.echo "NO OFFFICE INSTALLED" 
    For Each objItem In colSoft
        OfficeVersion = Left(objItem.Version, InStr(1,objItem.Version,".")-1)   
        Wscript.echo objitem.caption & ", Version " & OfficeVersion
        If OfficeVersion = 15 Then
            WScript.Echo "You have Office 2013 installed"
            WScript.Echo "You have a different version of Office (" & OfficeVersion & ")"
        End If
        exit for
End If

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