Create a Custom Detection Script for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (PowerShell)


Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager (MEMCM / SCCM) and Microsoft Intune use Detection Rules to determine the presence of Applications & Win32 Apps. The detection rules ensure that application installations only begin to run if the application is not already installed on the device. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to create an updated custom detection script for each new version of Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable using PowerShell.

How to Create a Custom Detection Script for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable x86 (Registry Detection Method)

## Check for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x86) (Registry Detection Method)
$VC2005x86 = Get-ChildItem -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall","HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" | Get-ItemProperty | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -like 'Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable*' -and $_.DisplayName -notlike 'Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64)*' } | Select-Object -Property DisplayName, DisplayVersion, PSChildName
$VC2005x86.DisplayVersion
$VC2005x86.PSChildName

## Create Text File with Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) Registry Detection Method
$FilePath = "C:\Windows\Temp\VC2005_x86_Detection_Method.txt"
New-Item -Path "$FilePath" -Force
Set-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "If([Version](Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\$($VC2005x86.PSChildName)','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\$($VC2005x86.PSChildName)' -Name DisplayVersion -ea SilentlyContinue) -ge '$($VC2005x86.DisplayVersion)') {"
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "Write-Host `"Installed`""
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "}"
Invoke-Item $FilePath
  • Click Run Script (F5)
  • A text file will open with the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable x86 Detection Method script required to detect the current version of Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable x86 that is installed on the device you are running the script from.

Example:

If([Version](Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{710f4c1c-cc18-4c49-8cbf-51240c89a1a2}','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{710f4c1c-cc18-4c49-8cbf-51240c89a1a2}' -Name DisplayVersion -ea SilentlyContinue) -ge '8.0.61001') {
Write-Host "Installed"
}

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable x64 (Registry Detection Method)

## Check for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) (Registry Detection Method)
$VC2005x64 = Get-ChildItem -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall","HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" | Get-ItemProperty | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -like 'Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64)*' } | Select-Object -Property DisplayName, DisplayVersion, PSChildName
$VC2005x64.DisplayVersion
$VC2005x64.PSChildName

## Create Text File with Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) Registry Detection Method
$FilePath = "C:\Windows\Temp\VC2005_x64_Detection_Method.txt"
New-Item -Path "$FilePath" -Force
Set-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "If([Version](Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\$($VC2005x64.PSChildName)','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\$($VC2005x64.PSChildName)' -Name DisplayVersion -ea SilentlyContinue) -ge '$($VC2005x64.DisplayVersion)') {"
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "Write-Host `"Installed`""
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "}"
Invoke-Item $FilePath
  • Click Run Script (F5)
  • A text file will open with the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable x64 Detection Method script required to detect the current version of Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable x64 that is installed on the device you are running the script from.

Example:

If([Version](Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{ad8a2fa1-06e7-4b0d-927d-6e54b3d31028}','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{ad8a2fa1-06e7-4b0d-927d-6e54b3d31028}' -Name DisplayVersion -ea SilentlyContinue) -ge '8.0.61000') {
Write-Host "Installed"
}

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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