# Running EXE's

• I'm not sure where little helps and tidbits of knowledge goes in the forum. I have had lots of problems recently on getting some exe files to actually run in QT. Through searching the internet and asking around, I have seen 3 different ways to do it, so I thought I would share, just in case someone else ran across any issues on running programs through QT.

I'm sure this is basic for many people, but having a post like this would of helped me out tremendously when I started. It took like 3 days of almost non stop searching to come up with these ways of working with exe programs. Strange that one way doesn't work, so you have to do it another way, and if that doesn't work, then another way. But, in the end... ONE of these ways will work with ANY exe file that you are wanting to work, so hope it helps someone, and sorry if it's on the wrong section.

I've found out there are about 3 different ways to run exe programs. When one doesn't work, the other 2 will lol. At least one of them will anyway. Since I'm here, I'll list the four different ways that I've found for others that may have any similar issues:

1.  QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/windows/notepad", QUrl::TolerantMode));

2.  system("C:/WINDOWS/system32/osk.exe");

3.  QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Program Files\\WinHTTrack\\WinHTTrack.exe\"");


You can also use the shell command to open certain windows as well

    system("%windir%/explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}");


The above will open Applications, which will show every program/application you have on your computer.

Or the recycling Bin:

    system("explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder");


Or as another example, your internet trouble shooting:

    system("msdt.exe -id NetworkDiagnosticsWeb");



Or you may want to run a DVD using VLC?

QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\VideoLAN\\VLC\\vlc.exe\" H:\\Movies\\Harry_Potter_Year_2\\Chamber_Of_Secrets\\VIDEO_TS.IFO\"");



• If it's helpful, here is a list of commonly used System Programs for Windows 10

Command Prompt

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\cmd.exe\"");


Control Panel

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\control.exe\"");


Magnifier

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/Magnify.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Registry Edit

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/regedt32.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Services

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/services.msc", QUrl::TolerantMode));


System Info

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/msinfo32.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Settings

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/settings", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Explorer

    system("explorer.exe");


    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/Taskmgr.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Disk Cleanup

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\cleanmgr.exe\"");


MsConfig

    system("C:/Windows/System32/msconfig.exe");


Windows Remote

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/msra.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Resource Monitor

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\resmon.exe\"");


System Repair Discs

    system("C:/Windows/System32/recdisc.exe");


Memory Diagnostics

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/MdSched.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


System Restore

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/rstrui.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Startup Folder

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Users/dclar.DESKTOP-JTNNAGR/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/Startup", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Run Command

    system("c:/windows/system32/rundll32.exe shell32.dll,#61");


Drive Optimization

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\dfrgui.exe\"");


Disk Managment

    system("C:/Windows/System32/diskmgmt.msc");


Computer Managment

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/CompMgmtLauncher.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Text Tuner

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\cttune.exe\"");


Computer Services

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/dcomcnfg.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Device Manager

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/devmgmt.msc", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Direct X Diagnostics

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\dxdiag.exe\"");


File History

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\FileHistory.exe\"");


Blue Tooth Transfer

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\fsquirt.exe\"");


    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/hdwwiz.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Disc Label

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\label.exe\"");


Language Installer

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\lpksetup.exe\"");


Malicious Software remover

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\MRT.exe\"");


Narrator

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/Narrator.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


User Accounts

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/Netplwiz.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Windows Backup

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/sdclt.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Create Shared Folders

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/shrpubw.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


System Shutdown

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/shutdown.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Sticky Notes

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\StikyNot.exe\"");


System Reset

    QDesktopServices::openUrl(QUrl("file:///C:/Windows/System32/systemreset.exe", QUrl::TolerantMode));


Ease Of Access

    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\Utilman.exe\"");


    QProcess::startDetached("\"C:\\Windows\\System32\\write.exe\"");


• @Epiales666 said in Running EXE's:

This does not start any executable, it just creates a string variable containing a path to an executable.
To avoid escaping of backslashes you can use / in Qt even on Windows:

QString cmd = QString("\"C:/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe\"");


• @jsulm said in Running EXE's:

@Epiales666 said in Running EXE's:

QString cmd = QString("\"C:/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe\"");