VBScript Scripting Techniques > Scripting Engine > Force a script to run in CSCRIPT
There are several valid reasons to demand that a script runs in CSCRIPT instead of WSCRIPT, like for example to allow the use of Standard Input or to prevent a separate popup for each
The following code can be copied and pasted at the top of your own scripts to force them to run in CSCRIPT:
Dim strArgs, strCmd, strEngine, i, objDebug, wshShell Set wshShell = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" ) strEngine = UCase( Right( WScript.FullName, 12 ) ) If strEngine <> "\CSCRIPT.EXE" Then ' Recreate the list of command line arguments strArgs = "" If WScript.Arguments.Count > 0 Then For i = 0 To WScript.Arguments.Count - 1 strArgs = strArgs & " " & WScript.Arguments(i) Next End If ' Create the complete command line to rerun this script in CSCRIPT strCmd = "CSCRIPT.EXE //NoLogo """ & WScript.ScriptFullName & """" & strArgs ' Rerun the script in CSCRIPT Set objDebug = wshShell.Exec( strCmd ) ' Wait until the script exits Do While objDebug.Status = 0 WScript.Sleep 100 Loop ' Exit with CSCRIPT's return code WScript.Quit objDebug.ExitCode End If
The code may look more complicated than necessary, that's because it returns CSCRIPT's return code to the WSCRIPT engine, just in case this return code is monitored by the program that started the script in WSCRIPT.
In case you want to force a script to run in WSCRIPT instead, just substitute WSCRIPT.EXE for CSCRIPT.EXE.
Thanks to Howard Bayne who corrected an error in the code (I had forgotten to subtract 1 from the WScript.Arguments.Count in the loop, causing an out-of-range error).
page last modified: 2017-09-29