Looking for a process to wait for after Office Updates are done.

Rick Someone 411 Reputation points
2021-02-22T22:58:52.857+00:00

I have a PS to enable automatic updates. I have a variable to OfficeC2RClient.exe I have a variable for args, "/update user display level=true" then, Start-Process (both variables). This kicks off Office upgrades which is what we want. But since we don't know exactly when it completes (no notification this way), I want to Start-Process winward.exe The strange thing is, the very first thing that happens is Word launches, then the updates start, then Word runs again after. I can't figure out why Word runs as the very first step in this PS. cd HKLM:\ Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\common\OfficeUpdates" -Name EnableAutomaticUpdates -Value 1 -Force $UpdateEXE = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\OfficeC2RClient.exe" $UpdateArguements = "/update user displaylevel=true" Start-Process $UpdateEXE $UpdateArguements Start-Process winword.exe

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  1. MotoX80 32,441 Reputation points
    2021-02-23T00:08:52.79+00:00

    Don't use start-process. Call the .exe's directly and test the lastexitcode.

     $runme = 'c:\windows\system32\whoami.exe'
     $parm = '/user'
     & $runme $parm 
     $LASTEXITCODE
    
     $parm = '/bad-argument'
     & $runme  $parm
     $LASTEXITCODE
    
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  2. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 32,156 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2021-02-23T07:26:43.287+00:00

    Hi,

    There's no need to run word. To wait for a process and its descendants to complete you can use the -Wait parameter. If you want to get the exit time you can add the -PassThru parameter to generate outputs.

    $updateprocess = Start-Process $UpdateEXE $UpdateArguements -Wait -PassThru  
    $updateprocess.ExitTime  
    

    Best Regards,
    Ian Xue

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