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Scripts to manage Folders

Changing Folder Attributes
Compressing Folders
Copying a Folder
Copying Folders Using WMI
Copying Folders Using the Shell Object
Creating a Folder
Creating New Folders
Deleting a Folder
Deleting Folders
Enumerating All the Folders on a Computer
Enumerating Folder Attributes
Enumerating Folder Properties
Enumerating Folders Using Dates
Enumerating a Specific Set of Folders
Enumerating Subfolders in a Folder
Finding Folders by Date
Identifying Shell Object Verbs
Moving a Folder
Moving Folders Using the Shell Object
Moving Folders Using WMI
Renaming a Folder
Renaming Folders
Retrieving Folder Properties
Uncompressing Folders
Using the Browse for Folder Dialog Box
Using Recursion to Enumerate Subfolders
Using Wildcards in a Folder Query
Verifying that a Folder Exists

Changing Folder Attributes


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to check if a folder is hidden and, if it is not, hides it. Script must be run on the local computer. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder("C:\FSO")
If objFolder.Attributes = objFolder.Attributes AND 2 Then
    objFolder.Attributes = objFolder.Attributes XOR 2 
End If

Compressing Folders


Compresses the folder C:\Scripts.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    errResults = objFolder.Compress
    Wscript.Echo errResults
Next

Copying a Folder


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to copy a folder to a new location. Script must be run on the local computer.
Const OverWriteFiles = True
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.CopyFolder "C:\Scripts" , "C:\FSO" , OverWriteFiles

Copying Folders Using WMI


Uses WMI to copy the folder C:\Scripts to D:\Archive.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery( _
    "Select * from Win32_Directory where Name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    errResults  = objFolder.Copy("D:\Archive")
    Wscript.Echo errResults
Next

Copying Folders Using the Shell Object


Uses the Shell object to copy the folder C:\Scripts to D:\Archives. Displays the Copying Files progress dialog as the folder is being copied.
Const FOF_CREATEPROGRESSDLG = &H0&
ParentFolder = "D:\Archive" 
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.NameSpace(ParentFolder) 
objFolder.CopyHere "C:\Scripts", FOF_CREATEPROGRESSDLG

Creating a Folder


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to create a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder("C:\FSO")

Creating New Folders


Uses the Shell object to create a new folder named C:\Archive.
ParentFolder = "C:\" 
set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
set objFolder = objShell.NameSpace(ParentFolder) 
objFolder.NewFolder "Archive"

Deleting a Folder


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to delete a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.DeleteFolder("C:\FSO")

Deleting Folders


Deletes the folder C:\Scripts.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where Name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    errResults = objFolder.Delete
    Wscript.Echo errResults
Next

Enumerating All the Folders on a Computer


Returns a list of all the folders on a computer. This can take 15 minutes or more to complete, depending on the number of folders on the computer.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Directory")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    Wscript.Echo objFolder.Name
Next

Enumerating Folder Attributes


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to enumerate the attributes of a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder("C:\FSO")
If objFolder.Attributes AND 2 Then
    Wscript.Echo "Hidden folder."
End If    
If objFolder.Attributes AND 4 Then
    Wscript.Echo "System folder."
End If    
If objFolder.Attributes AND 16 Then
    Wscript.Echo "Folder."
End If  
If objFolder.Attributes AND 32 Then
    Wscript.Echo "Archive bit set."
End If
If objFolder.Attributes AND 2048 Then
    Wscript.Echo "Compressed folder."
End If

Enumerating Folder Properties


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to enumerate the properties of a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder("C:\Scripts")
Wscript.Echo "Date created: " & objFolder.DateCreated
Wscript.Echo "Date last accessed: " & objFolder.DateLastAccessed
Wscript.Echo "Date last modified: " & objFolder.DateLastModified
Wscript.Echo "Drive: " & objFolder.Drive
Wscript.Echo "Is root folder: " & objFolder.IsRootFolder
Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objFolder.Name
Wscript.Echo "Parent folder: " & objFolder.ParentFolder
Wscript.Echo "Path: " & objFolder.Path
Wscript.Echo "Short name: " & objFolder.ShortName
Wscript.Echo "Short path: " & objFolder.ShortPath
Wscript.Echo "Size: " & objFolder.Size
Wscript.Echo "Type: " & objFolder.Type

Enumerating Folders Using Dates


Lists all the folders on a computer that were created after 3/1/2002.
Const LOCAL_TIME = True
Set dtmTargetDate = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemDateTime")
Set dtmConvertedDate = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemDateTime")
dtmTargetDate.SetVarDate "3/1/2002", LOCAL_TIME
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject _
    ("winmgmts:" & "!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory Where " _
        & "CreationDate > '" & dtmTargetDate & "'")
For each objFolder in colFolders
    dtmConvertedDate.Value = objFolder.CreationDate 
    Wscript.Echo objFolder.Name & VbTab & _
        dtmConvertedDate.GetVarDate(LOCAL_TIME)
Next

Enumerating a Specific Set of Folders


Returns a list of all the hidden folders on a computer.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFiles = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory Where Hidden = True")
For Each objFile in colFiles
    Wscript.Echo objFile.Name
Next

Enumerating Subfolders in a Folder


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to return the folder name and size for all the subfolders in a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder("C:\FSO")
Set colSubfolders = objFolder.Subfolders
For Each objSubfolder in colSubfolders
    Wscript.Echo objSubfolder.Name, objSubfolder.Size
Next

Finding Folders by Date


Finds all the folders created after March 1, 2002. To modify this script, you must modify the following items in the value assigned to the variable dtmTargetDate: 2002 -- Change this to the target year (for example, 1999). 03 -- Change this to the target month (01 for January, 02 for February 12 for December). 01 -- Change this to the target day (01 for the first day of the month, 02 for the second, etc.). -420 -- To assure the correct results, change this to the offset between your time zone and Greenwich Mean Time. If you do not know the offset, use the script Determining Time Zone Offset from Greenwich Mean Time.
On Error Resume Next
dtmTargetDate = "20020301000000.000000-420"
strComputer = "."
 
Set objWMIService = GetObject _
    ("winmgmts:" & "!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory Where CreationDate > '" & _
        dtmtargetDate & "'")
 
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    Wscript.Echo objFolder.Name 
Next

Identifying Shell Object Verbs


Returns a list of Shell object verbs (context menu items) for the Recycle Bin.
Const RECYCLE_BIN = &Ha&
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.NameSpace(RECYCLE_BIN) 
Set objFolderItem = objFolder.Self      
Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
For i = 0 to colVerbs.Count - 1
    Wscript.Echo colVerbs.Item(i)
Next

Moving a Folder


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystermObject to move a folder from one location to another. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.MoveFolder "C:\Scripts" , "M:\helpdesk\management"

Moving Folders Using the Shell Object


Uses the Shell object to move the folder C:\Scripts to D:\Archives. Displays the Copying Files progress dialog as the folder is being moved.
Const FOF_CREATEPROGRESSDLG = &H0&
TargetFolder = "D:\Archive" 
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.NameSpace(TargetFolder) 
objFolder.MoveHere "C:\Scripts", FOF_CREATEPROGRESSDLG

Moving Folders Using WMI


Uses WMI to move the folder C:\Scripts to C:\Admins\Documents\Archive\VBScript.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    errResults = objFolder.Rename("C:\Admins\Documents\Archive\VBScript")
    Wscript.Echo errResults
Next

Renaming a Folder


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to rename a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.MoveFolder "C:\FSO\Samples" , "C:\FSO\Scripts"

Renaming Folders


Renames the folder C:\Scripts to C:\Repository.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    errResults = objFolder.Rename("C:\Script Repository")
    Wscript.Echo errResults
Next

Retrieving Folder Properties


Lists the properties of the folder C:\Scripts.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService. _
    ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Directory where name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    Wscript.Echo "Archive: " & objFolder.Archive
    Wscript.Echo "Caption: " & objFolder.Caption
    Wscript.Echo "Compressed: " & objFolder.Compressed
    Wscript.Echo "Compression method: " & objFolder.CompressionMethod
    Wscript.Echo "Creation date: " & objFolder.CreationDate
    Wscript.Echo "Encrypted: " & objFolder.Encrypted
    Wscript.Echo "Encryption method: " & objFolder.EncryptionMethod
    Wscript.Echo "Hidden: " & objFolder.Hidden
    Wscript.Echo "In use count: " & objFolder.InUseCount
    Wscript.Echo "Last accessed: " & objFolder.LastAccessed
    Wscript.Echo "Last modified: " & objFolder.LastModified
    Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objFolder.Name
    Wscript.Echo "Path: " & objFolder.Path
    Wscript.Echo "Readable: " & objFolder.Readable
    Wscript.Echo "System: " & objFolder.System
    Wscript.Echo "Writeable: " & objFolder.Writeable
Next

Uncompressing Folders


Uncompresses the folder C:\Scripts.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where name = 'c:\\Scripts'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    errResults = objFolder.Uncompress
    Wscript.Echo errResults
Next

Using the Browse for Folder Dialog Box


Uses the Shell object to display the Browse for Folder dialog box. After a folder has been selected, the script reports whether or not the folder is read-only.
Const WINDOW_HANDLE = 0
Const NO_OPTIONS = 0
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.BrowseForFolder _
    (WINDOW_HANDLE, "Select a folder:", NO_OPTIONS, "C:\Scripts")       
Set objFolderItem = objFolder.Self
objPath = objFolderItem.Path
objPath = Replace(objPath, "\", "\\")
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject _
    ("winmgmts:" & "!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFiles = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where name = '" & objPath & "'")
For Each objFile in colFiles
    Wscript.Echo "Readable: " & objFile.Readable
Next

Using Recursion to Enumerate Subfolders


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to recursively list all the subfolders (and their subfolders) within a folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
ShowSubfolders FSO.GetFolder("C:\Scripts")
Sub ShowSubFolders(Folder)
    For Each Subfolder in Folder.SubFolders
        Wscript.Echo Subfolder.Path
        ShowSubFolders Subfolder
    Next
End Sub

Using Wildcards in a Folder Query


Returns a list of all the folders whose path begins with C:\S.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Directory where Name Like '%c:\\S%'")
For Each objFolder in colFolders
    Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objFolder.Name
Next

Verifying that a Folder Exists


Demonstration script that uses the FileSystemObject to verify that a folder exists. If the folder does exist, the script binds to that folder. Script must be run on the local computer.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
If objFSO.FolderExists("C:\FSO") Then
    Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder("C:\FSO")
Else
    Wscript.Echo "Folder does not exist.
End If