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(Sorry in advance if this is a duplicate question. I did search and didn't find anything).

Windows XP

I want to script an MSI installer to run silently (via msiexec). A prerequisite step is that certain applications (most notably Office and IE) need to be closed/shutdown prior to the installer running. How can I check to see if applications are open and close them if necessary?

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I know this is horrible, but you could write a batch script to do taskkill /im "processname". – Dr Kitty Feb 29 '12 at 3:50
@TheElectricMuffin That might work although errors come up if it doesn't find the program. – Mike B Mar 1 '12 at 22:45

Open Task Manager & that'll show all currently running applications & processes.

Typing Task Manager into XP’s help menu will give a option to start Task Manager.

To avoid possible errors, Close each application via each applications menu. Only close an application via Task Manager if a particular application refuses to close via its application menu.

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The question clearly refers to a programmatic way to detect and terminate processes, so this answer doesn't help. – Mox Feb 29 '12 at 3:30
It'll list all open apps to help decide which to close down. Personal experience taught me this. – BlazeEagle Feb 29 '12 at 4:04

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