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I have a user that has Windows 7 x64 and uses IE9.

I have a code where I open one website using _IECreate() then I click there one link. It opens n new window, so I call _IEAttach() on it using part of it's url. On my PC it works fine. On PC of my user script cannot attach to the window. Take a look at this sample code:

$oIE1 = _IECreate("www.address.com")
Local $links = $oIE1.document.getElementsByTagName("a")
For $link In $links
        $downloaderIE = _IEAttach("openDownloadManager.do", "url")
    $tries = 0
    While $downloaderIE = 0 And $tries < 10
        writeLog("Waiting for downloader to appear.")
        $downloaderIE = _IEAttach("openDownloadManager.do", "url")
        $tries += 1
    If $downloaderIE <> 0 Then
        MsgBox(8192, "Status", "Success! " & $tries)
         MsgBox(8192, "Status", "FAILED!")

This code works on my PC, doesn't work at users PC.

However if I will change _IEAttach("openDownloadManager.do", "url") to

WinGetHandle ( "[Class:IEFrame]", "openDownloadManager.do" )

Handle is obtained. Do you know why? I've used au3Info to get information about window that I am interested about. It's what it returned:

>>>> Window <<<<
Title:  PLM - Windows Internet Explorer
Class:  IEFrame
Position:   358, 383
Size:   526, 375
Style:  0x16CA0000
ExStyle:    0x00000100
Handle: 0x00010CD0

>>>> Control <<<<
Advanced (Class):   
ControlClick Coords:    

>>>> Mouse <<<<
Position:   589, 402
Cursor ID:  0
Color:  0xF1F9F9

>>>> StatusBar <<<<

>>>> ToolsBar <<<<

>>>> Visible Text <<<<
PLM - Windows Internet Explorer

>>>> Hidden Text <<<<
Navigation Bar
Address Combo Control
Page Control

Do you know what can be wrong?

And maybe you know a better way to open a link in new window than



It's a javascript link, so I cannot use _IECreate to do it.

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I tried that snippet you posted in #3 and it worked for me, I'm on Win7 IE9. I got the MsgBox after running it.

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Yes, I know how to walkaround this problem. But maybe you know what is wrong with ieattach? For comparison this works:

One generally finds what is wrong by checking the value of @error after a function call.

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@error is set to 7 (No Match)

When I executed script on PC of user this script (but modified to log urls):

#include <IE.au3>

Local $aIE[1]
$aIE[0] = 0

Local $i = 1
While 1
    $oIE = _IEAttach("", "instance", $i)
    If @error = $_IEStatus_NoMatch Then ExitLoop
    ReDim $aIE[$i + 1]
    $aIE[$i] = $oIE
    $aIE[0] = $i
    $i += 1

MsgBox(0, "Browsers Found", "Number of browser instances in the array: " & $aIE[0])

It turned out that the window I am interested in was not attached. So it is not detected as IE instance. Strange, isn't it?

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  • 2 weeks later...

Now problem changed - I still cannot attach to this one IEFrame using _IEAttach, but since few days, also $hwnd = WinGetHandle ( "[Class:IEFrame]", "openDownloadManager.do" ) returns correct handle that I cannot attach to using _IEAttach($hwnd, "HWND"). I've even tried to wait for 30 seconds after finding a proper handle, in case IE doesn't load the page, but it also fails. I'm not using autoit beta. Tomorrow I'll check if beta will work there, but maybe you have some other ideas?

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