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Error : An add-on for this website failed to run. When opening Visual C++'s Add Variable Wizard after IE 8 is installed by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟


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Type: Bug
ID: 425510
Opened: 3/20/2009 8:13:35 AM
Access Restriction: Public
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After installing IE 8 on Vista, Visual C++ 2008's webbrowser-based wizard reports script errors and does not generate correct code. Looks like Visual Studio always inherit new IE features instead of opt-in. I have similar issues when upgrade from IE6 to IE7.

Adding devenv.exe to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION with the value 7000 does not help.

Also reported in IE feedback

Walkaround posted by the VC team
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Posted by Microsoft on 3/30/2009 at 9:48 AM
Hello Jiang,

Thanks for reporting this issue. The Visual C++ Team has posted a workaround for this problem on the vcblog:

Please go through the workaround and let us know if the problem persists.

We apologize for the inconvenience this issue may have caused you.

Thank you
Visual C++ Team
Posted by embeddedDude on 3/26/2009 at 11:34 AM
Same Issue here on XP - also resolved on WinXP by Uninstalling IE8!
Posted by alex kozlov on 3/26/2009 at 10:35 AM
Ran into the same issue running Visual Studio 8 on Vista SP1. Unistalling IE8 fixes the issue
Posted by ChrisMalek on 3/25/2009 at 12:51 AM
i´ve exactly the same problem on win xp sp 3 using the visual studio 2005 and the new ie 8.0.

disable the warning of active-x controls in the security-settings of ie does not help.

actually i create new classes in my projects with vs6.0.
Posted by Microsoft on 3/22/2009 at 8:37 PM
Thanks for your feedback.

We are escalating this issue to the appropriate group within the Visual Studio Product Team for triage and resolution. These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.

Thank you,
Visual Studio Product Team
Posted by bmacxp on 3/20/2009 at 5:50 PM
added microsoft.com, localhost, to compatibility view but nothing worked. Used IE8 and tried to surf to
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\VCWizards\CodeWiz\MFC\Simple\HTML\1033\default.htm (the same place vis studio 2005 "Add Class" script tries to go to when the script error occurs) and I get a warning that "To protect your security, IE has restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer. There's nothing I could do to stop IE from displaying this message. I tried to reduce the security setting to an uncomfortably low level but this didn't solve the problem.
Posted by bmacxp on 3/20/2009 at 1:30 PM
I was unable to get the workaround to correct problem. Trying to paste the "URL" to the local file in my computer identified in the script error was unsuccessful.
Posted by bmacxp on 3/20/2009 at 1:24 PM
problem also exists on win xp using vis studio 2005.
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Posted by Crakdkorn on 8/12/2009 at 8:51 AM
I found this was not possible until I allowed the browser to consider the download site as trusted. In this particular instance the download site was http://dl8-cdn-01.sun.com Much like the requirement to trust windowsupdate.com and update.microsoft.com, it is necessary to add trust to the site where the file is being downloaded. Once the java is installed, the java that runs the page scripts will run and the problem is solved.
Posted by ChrisMalek on 4/27/2009 at 1:57 AM
The walkaround from the vc team fixed the problem for me.


Link to Walkaround:
Posted by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟 on 3/28/2009 at 8:52 PM
Walkaround from the VC team
Posted by charles_dexter_ward on 3/27/2009 at 2:29 AM
Windows XP SP3, VS 2008 SP1

Enabled execution of file from Computer Resources (Tools/Internet Options/Advanced), but it does not work.
Solved uninstalling IE8 down to IE7.
Posted by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟 on 3/24/2009 at 2:08 PM
Walkaround program:
Posted by Alexander Filonov on 3/24/2009 at 8:38 AM
Uninstalling IE8 down to IE7 fixed the problem.
Posted by Alexander Filonov on 3/24/2009 at 8:08 AM
URL starts with file:/// - it points to local file. When trying to add to the Compatibility View list, the dialog just clears the URL from the edit box. It should be by design, i think.
Posted by Siney.Pang on 3/24/2009 at 7:28 AM
Url can't paste add to Compatibility View website list, why?
Posted by walta on 3/23/2009 at 10:09 AM
URL points to a local file. Can't add to Compatibility View website list.

Posted by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟 on 3/20/2009 at 2:58 PM
also add microsoft.com to the list.
Posted by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟 on 3/20/2009 at 12:05 PM
Copy the URL when the script error occurs and add them to the Compatibility View web site list.