|I hate VBscript. I can't really say why, I just have always hated it and quit after five minutes of trying to learn it.|
Try for 20 minutes next time. In all seriousness, VBScript isn't that hard if you start thinking in terms of COM objects. (Because that's what VBScript is, an scripting engine for using COM.)
Python's a programming language, so it can definitely do what you want. I think it requires its own runtime, so unless you want to have your clients install Python, you'll have to look into those Python to exe programs.
Powershell's the new thing Microsoft is pushing, but they only started bundling it with the OS with Win7, so your WinXP/Vista clients would need to install Powershell first.
Or, if you hate yourself, you could try to learn C/C++ and the Win32 API.
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