Jessica1

Need help to download a file whose link is hidden via __doPostBack()

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Hi all,

I am a junior user of AutoIT. Now I really need some help to download the xml file from this link:

https://sysdev.microsoft.com/en-US/Hardware/compatibilityplaylists/

All needed is to click the 'download' link, then the file will be downloaded.

 

However, no matter what I try, I run into road blockers:

 

Method 1:

To download using the IE browser.

Local $oIE = _IECreate($source)

...

$oIE.document.parentwindow.execscript("__doPostBack('ctl00$MainContentPlaceHolder$PlaylistList$Repeater$ctl00$ctl00','');")

Problem run into by using this method:

My machine is Windows Server 2012 R2, so it came with IE11. With IE11, it will always have: Do you want to Open or Save this file prompt at the bottom. If using this method, could anybody offer some help in how to make sure to click this "Save" button?

 

Method 2:

To download the file directly. However, when you hover the 'download' link, you might see that it's written via __doPostBack().

Problem run into by using this method:

Therefore, if using this method, does anybody know how to derive or obtain the actual URL of this xml file that needs to be downloaded?

 

Method 3:

I tried some google search, and it seems that the problem of Method 1 would not have been there if it was IE8. Then, if we can uninstall this IE11, and install IE8, seems that then the Method 1 should work. However, I looked at the "Programs and Features", as well as the "View Installed Updates" from there, but I wasn't in luck in finding the IE11. 

Problem run into by using this method:

If using this method, could anyone give me some help on how to uninstall IE11 from something like Windows Server 2012 R2?

 

Anyhow, thanks very much!

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Page wont load for me.


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Page wont load for me.

what did you see?

it might seem like requiring an MSDN account, but actually not.. you can see and download wo login....

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Doesn't load for me either, are you sure that's the correct URL?


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That link goes to an Internal Error page.

Requires a Login, if you just use - https://sysdev.microsoft.com/en-US/Hardware/


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#6 ·  Posted (edited)

Funny but I saw the same problem yesterday, and now this file is just  simply .... downloading.

 

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Odd indeed, for the page just worked for me too, and I could see the download link.


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