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Clicking on button of a website in IE stops working overnight for no reason

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Hey guys,

We have an intranet website at my work that we use for managing users rights, and i've wrote some time ago a small script to automate the update process, which includes clicking on an "Update" button.

It was working fine until yesterday it didn't anymore while nothing apparently changed.

Here is the script i used:

#include <IE.au3>

$oIE = _IECreate("https://ourintranetwebsite.com")

Local $oButs = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, "button")
For $oBut In $oButs
    If StringInStr($oBut.innertext, "Update") then _IEAction($oBut, "click")

Now when it's running i got the following error:


"C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoIt3\Include\IE.au3" (1925) : ==> The requested action with this object has failed.:
$oObject^ ERROR

When i add an _IEErrorHandlerRegister() to get more informations, i get this as a result:


--> COM Error encountered in Nouveau AutoIt v3 Script (2).au3 (1925) :
----> $IEComErrorNumber            = 0x80020101 (-2147352319)
----> $IEComErrorWinDescription    = 
----> $IEComErrorDescription       = 
----> $IEComErrorSource            = 
----> $IEComErrorHelpFile          = 
----> $IEComErrorHelpContext       = 
----> $IEComErrorLastDllError      = 0
----> $IEComErrorRetcode           = 0x00000000
--> IE.au3 T3.0-2 Error from function _IEAction(click), $_IESTATUS_COMError (-2147352319)

I've tried searching the web for that error but found nothing that helped.

I thought the problem might have come from the computer i ran the script from, so i ran it from a sandbox but same error.

I tried the script on another website to click on a button and it's working fine, so it seems the problem is located on that specific website but i have no idea why.

Anyone got an idea that could help me?



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I found a workaround doing this with powershell instead:

$oIE         = new-object -com internetexplorer.application
$oIE.visible = $true
$control = $oIE.document.IHTMLDocument3_getElementsByTagName('button') | where-object { $_.innerText -eq 'Update' }

Translated into autoit:

$sPSCmd = " ""$oIE = new-object -com internetexplorer.application;$oIE.visible = $true;$oIE.navigate2('https://ourintranetwebsite'); sleep -Milliseconds 10000; $control = $oIE.document.IHTMLDocument3_getElementsByTagName('button'); $control = $oIE.document.IHTMLDocument3_getElementsByTagName('button') | where-object { $_.innerText -eq 'Update' };$control.click()"" "

RunWait(@comspec & ' /c powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -NoProfile -WindowStyle hidden -command ' & $sPSCmd)

The double quotes at the start and end of the command are required to avoid syntax error with the windows prompt shell (cmd window)


PS: the below solution also works to create the IE window using autoIT and use powershell to click the button, so you can do other things with the IE window with autoIT after:

#include <IE.au3>

$oIE = _IECreate("https://ourintranetwebsite, 1, 1, 1)

$sPSCmd = " ""$PSIE = (New-Object -ComObject 'Shell.Application').Windows() | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq 'Internet Explorer' }; $control = $PSIE.document.IHTMLDocument3_getElementsByTagName('button') | where-object { $_.innerText -eq 'Update' };$control.click()"" "

RunWait(@comspec & ' /c powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -NoProfile -WindowStyle hidden -command ' & $sPSCmd, "", @SW_HIDE)

;do other things regularly using _IE functions with autoIT if required here



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