PowerBuilder – Find windows where datawindow is used

If You have a listo of datawindows and would like to make a list of windows where each of these datawindows are used, this Power-Shell function might help.

By tweaking it You could search for whatewher You need, but basic concept is below.

[Console]::OutputEncoding = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8

$windowTitles = "windowsTitles.txt"

New-Item $windowTitles -type file -force

function search ([string]$fullName) {

$shortName =  [io.path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($fullName)

$files = gci -include *.srw,*.sru,*.srd -recurse | select-string $shortName | group path | select name

$found = 0

if ($files.Count -eq 0) { return 0 }

foreach ($file in $files)


$shortName2 =  [io.path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($file.Name) if ($shortName -eq $shortName2) { continue }

$found = $found + 1

Write-Host "Used in: " $shortName2

If ($file.Name.EndsWith(".srw")) {

Write-Host "Used in: " $shortName2 " and its a WINDOW!"

$titleString =  Get-Content $file.Name | select-string -pattern "string title = "

if (-not $titleString) {

Write-Host "Window has no title"

Return 1


Write-Host "Windows title is:" $titleString

$title = $titleString.line.replace("string title = ","")

# write title to file

Add-Content -Encoding UTF8 $windowTitles $title

Return 1

} Else {

Return search($file.Name)



Return $found

Use it something like this ( is same PS1 file for example ) :

$files = gci -include *.srd -recurse | Where-Object {$_.FullName -like "*\$folder\*"} | select-string '!!!!ADD YOUR REGEX HERE!!!' | group path | select name
Write-Host "Found number of datawindows:"
Write-Host $files.Count
$index = 0
foreach ($file in $files)
if (-Not $file.Name) {break}
$dwShortName =  [io.path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($file.Name)
Write-Host "Searching for: " $dwShortName
$found = search($file.Name)

PowerBuilder 8 OLE insert crash

I had same work with an old PowerBuilder 8 application maintenance and upgrade. While trying to add OLE control to a windows PB constantly crashed. PB and Windows XP reinstall didn’t helped. I found a hint here http://brucearmstrong.wordpress.com/2007/07/10/problems-using-activex-controls/

In short:
1. Download Process Monitor
2. Add filter to pb80.exe process and path that begins with HKCR\CLSID
3. Try to add OLE with PB (make it crash)
4. Find last entry that ends with Control, search this CLSID with regedit
5. Reregister dll You found.
In my case it was regsvr32 %systemroot%\system32\mstscax.dll
Problem solved.