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Contents of WshShell's monthly scripting column gives valuable advice to both newbies and experienced admins. This month, expert Christa Anderson explains how to read the Registry and record the value of a key in the Event Viewer.

In addition to its root methods and properties, Wscript.Shell contains several collections generated by its properties or methods.

Object Collection Description
WshShortcut Allows you to create a shortcut to a file.
WshURLShortcut Allows you to create a shortcut to a URL.
WshEnvironment The collection of environment variables returned by WshShell's Environment property. Use environment variable names to return values of specific items, such as PATH.
WshSpecialFolders The collection of 16 special folders returned by the SpecialFolders property of WshShell, including the Desktop, Favorites and Start Menu.
WshScriptExec The object is returned by WshShell's Exec method. It can return a program's status (0 for running or 1 for completed) or show error information.

This month we will explore two methods of WshShell: RegRead and LogEvent.

Scripting School: Turning the environment with WshShell
- Introduction
- Contents of WshShell
- Viewing and editing the Registry
- Reading and writing to the Registry
- Recording the change
- Summary

Read Christa's previous columns:
April 2005: Beginner's guide to scripting
May 2005: It's time to increase your scripting expertise
June 2005: Connect users to network resources
July 2005: More on connecting to network resources
August 2005: Find objects with Windows Scripting Host
September 2005: Windows Script Host arguments

When Christa Anderson began working with Windows Server operating systems in 1992, she became increasingly interested in finding more efficient and flexible ways of performing routine tasks. Christa has written extensively about administrative scripting and taught technical sessions on the subject at conferences such as Comdex and CeBIT, helping people who had never done any scripting to write their own scripts in half a day. In addition to her interest in scripting Windows management, Christa is an authority on server-based computing and the program manager for Terminal Services licensing in Longhorn. If you have a scripting question for Christa, please e-mail her at

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