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Thanks for the post...I just connected to my XP home computer and ran the shell.application script--and it worked. Apparently, this has something to do with XP Pro security.

David

I use XP Pro SP2 and it works fine for me.


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And the script is working on all the other XP Pro machines I have here, so obviously, it's a problem with my PC only--so the question I can't seem to answer is--Where?

David

It may be easier and quicker to do a reload on your computer rather than spending time chasing it. Although it is sometimes good to know the cause of the problem for future reference.


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God help the man who won't help himself, because no-one else will...........My Grandmother

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It may be easier and quicker to do a reload on your computer rather than spending time chasing it. Although it is sometimes good to know the cause of the problem for future reference.

I'd rather not have to reload XP. There has to be an answer. And as Larry Fine said as his head popped out from under the grass, "I'll find this or else!"

David

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I'd rather not have to reload XP. There has to be an answer. And as Larry Fine said as his head popped out from under the grass, "I'll find this or else!"

David

Good luck with your search, let us know if you find the answer. It may be worth giving the computer a going over with Registry Mechanic.


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Does this VBScript succeed?

Set ObjShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
ObjShell.Open("C:\Program Files\")

If so, you've run into an obscure bug. (But you have a workaround!)

If not, your COM object is broken. (Not an AutoIt issue or a WSH issue)

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Does this vb script: emoticon(" target="_blank"></a>

If not, your COM object is broken. (Not an AutoIt issue or a WSH issue)

When I run the VBscript, I get the error: "the specified module cannot be found"...

So I guess my question is, how do I fix a broekn COM object?

David

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When I run the VBscript, I get the error: "the specified module cannot be found"...

So I guess my question is, how do I fix a broekn COM object?

Usually, re-registering it will do. But since it didn't work for you, it's possible that Shell32.dll is corrupt.

You could try:

  • Run SFC /SCANNOW (Have your XP CD handy)
  • Re-apply SP2 + hotfixes

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A refresh install of XP will retain all your settings while rectifying any underlying COM/Shell issues. Do a verified backup first, just in case something goes wrong, and do not rely on a system snapshot to retain your old settings as they are wiped during OS install.

Have you checked your drives for errors?

Have you checked your system for nasties such as viruses, trojans and spyware?

Good luck!

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