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PyWin32: Getting Windows Event Logs

July 27, 2010 by Mike
The other day, there was a post on one of the mailing lists that I follow about accessing the Windows Event Logs. I thought that was an interesting topic, so I went looking for examples and found a pretty nice example on ActiveState. In this article, you'll find out what I discovered.

Python and Microsoft Office - Using PyWin32

July 16, 2010 by Mike
Most typical users have used Microsoft Office. While Office may be the bane of tech support, we still have to deal with it. Python can be used to script (AKA automate) Office and make it easier for us or our users to use. It may not be as easy as recording a macro, but it's […]

Python: How to Tell How Long Windows Has Been Idle

May 5, 2010 by Mike
The other day, I received a request to create a script that could tell how long a Windows XP machine had been idle and to alert the user if it had been idle for a certain amount of time. I did a little research with Google and found a couple of ways to accomplish this […]

Restarting PCs with Python

March 27, 2010 by Mike
Have you ever wanted to restart your Windows PC with out pressing Start, Shutdown or CTRL+ALT+DEL? What about restarting your annoying co-worker's PC...the one who just doesn't know when to shut up? Well, Python has the answer and this blog will tell you how to do it!

Python's _winreg: Editing the Windows Registry

March 20, 2010 by Mike
Python's standard library is known for including lots of handy modules and packages that can be used without installing anything else. That's one of the primary reasons that its standard library is called "batteries included" so often. So it should come as no surprise that Python includes a Windows only module for editing the Windows […]

Finding Installed Software using Python

March 3, 2010 by Mike
Have you ever wondered what software was installed on your PC? Most people who use Windows would probably go to Add/Remove Programs to find out this information, but they're not programmers. No, programmers have to script it because it's just in our blood to do so. I actually had another reason to do so: my […]
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