Re: List of all Windows OS installed?

"Ben Voigt [C++ MVP]" <rbv@nospam.nospam>
Fri, 19 Dec 2008 10:59:15 -0600
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On Dec 18, 11:20 am, Tim Roberts <> wrote: wrote:

Is there a way to get list of all Windows OS installed on different

I mean is there any API or other other method that can be used in VC++

To be clear, suppose if C is having Xp installed and D is having Vista
Installed then function must return C and D as the partitions having
Windows Installed.

Not directly. The Windows installer, for example, looks at every
directory in every partition looking for some important file, like
\xxx\system32\ntoskrnl.exe. That's probably the quickest method.

You can learn which partitions contain bootable systems by looking at
c:\boot.ini (on XP) or using the BCD WMI interface (on Vista), but if
you're running XP, I don't know if you can read the BCD info.
Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

Thanks for your response.

As you stated the problem with this method, isnt there anything like
reading raw disk sectors and checking if its bootable or not. I do
remember that something like that used to be there but cannot actually

Well that's only going to tell you which physical disk has Windows on it,
not which partition.

Can someone help?

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