LKBEN10627: Howto set the default interpreter for scripting host. Wscript versus Cscript.

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


The standard is wscript but you rather prefer cscript


Wscript is the default value.


To change the default interpreter for windows scripting host you use the command:

wscript //H:cscript

To get the default back

wscript //H:wscript

With cscript your echo messages land on a command line which makes it easy to pipe in different processes. With wscript you will get litte messageboxes on the screen and have to click OK. You can try the following little example:


WScript.Echo "Hi Lubby"
WScript.Echo "We were always looking for a knowledgebase"
WScript.Echo "and now we found it. :-)"


About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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