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Detecting software installed in PC from a JAVA application

 
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Hi,

Can someone help me with ways to detect if a software is installed on a PC. I want to check this from my Java application. If not installed, i want to subsequently prompt the user to install it and run the Java application
 
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Applications could be any simple applications like MS word / Acrobat Reader / VB.. etc. Do let me know if you know.
 
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You could check for existing files, but that will fail if the application is not installed in the default location.

Alternatively, you could find a 3rd party library for reading the Windows registry, especially HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall, and its subkeys. Of course, that will fail if the application is not installed at all.
 
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