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Getting Older Code to Run on Windows 7 (Problems with cscript and wscript)
So I have a bunch of cscript I've written in vbscript and some of it updates databases.
The database connection is done through ODBC (32-bit) drivers, for example with PostgreSQL.
As I've migrated over to 64-bit on a few systems, I haven't run into problems until I have to start dealing with ODBC not seeing 32-bit drivers. This happens a lot, actually.
Anyway, my 32-bit scripts would choke with an error about not finding my connection or driver, even though I could see it fine in the ODBC manager.
The trick was to understand that I wasn't running 32-bit scripts, I was accidentally running 32-bit scripts with the 64-bit cscript program...
There isn't an easy way to say, "hey, run me 32-bit". You have to start the right cscript or wscript program.
The ones in \windows\system32 are actually 64-bit (yeah, that's why they are in a directory called system32...).
The ones in \windows\SysWOW64 are 32-bit (yeah, that's why they are in a directory called SysWOW64...).
To force your 32-bit script to run in 32-bit, start it by calling the entire path of the program:
c:\windows\syswow64\cscript yourscript.vbs or \windows\syswow64\cscript yourscript.wsf
Adjust yourscript.wsf or .vbs to your script's name. Change cscript to wscript if that is what you actually want to run.
If you are a 32-bit script and want to make yourself smarter about where you run, there's a nice example here:
of how to pull some information out of vbscript and find out whether you are already running 32-bit or 64-bit then spawn the 32-bit version of yourself.
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