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    Secondary Browser Window Problem (5.5 and 6.0)

    Since I installed Windows Script Host 5.6, I get an error sound in IE when I click a link that opens a new window. It sometimes looks as if the Windows opens and closes in a split second. Sometimes I only get the sound.

    I cannot see Windows Script Host in the Control Panel, so I don't know how to uninstall it. I think it is causing the conflict, but am not sure. Everything worked fine until then.

    I have uninstalled IE 6.0 and repaired 5.5 to no avail. I overinstalled IE 5.5 with no luck either. I go back to 6.0 and still no luck.

    I also reinstalled Windows 2000 SP2...still no luck.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,
    Roger Bell

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    Re: Secondary Browser Window Problem (5.5 and 6.0)

    This is intriguing. I would have guessed that WSH itself is not really involved in the functioning of IE -- as IE is a scripting host as well. Perhaps one of the DLL's that IE calls upon got modified after the upgrade?? Are the link all "Javascript" links -- check the Status bar.

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    Re: Secondary Browser Window Problem (5.5 and 6.0)

    Does it exist on all sites?

    Some sites use the standard <a href=""> tag with a target="" variant to open the tag in a new window within HTML. For these sites, it shouldn't matter what add-ins or otherwise you use to open the window, because your browser will likely render the code the same way. Other sites actually use scripting, like JavaScript, et al. The script host may have confused this a bit, but IF you've reinstalled the entire OS from scratch, no remnants of this behavior should exist.

    You might try this from [gulp] Netscape. A windows script host will have likely changed how the scripting works on the entire machine, and Netscape generally keeps a pretty good log of things that happen, at least as far as JavaScript is concerned.

    These are just shots in the dark, your problem has me quite perplexed, given the steps you've taken thus far to resolve it... <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Secondary Browser Window Problem (5.5 and 6.0)

    Isn't that TARGET="_blank" or "blank"? ;-]
    If you use TAREGET="" you will not get a new Window.

    If the link is done in JavaScript, WSH is not supposed to be needed to run script in IE. In theory, this is because IE is it's own Scripting Host. For example, many users elected to remove WSH after the LoveBug scare -- yet their IE was still able to use JavaScript.

    So I am not entirely sure how these two are related -- unless there is a DLL in common that both of them use...

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    Re: Secondary Browser Window Problem (5.5 and 6.0)

    yeah yeah.. the gist of that was the Target tag... <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17>

    Good point though, any docs in WSH which elude to uninstalling the beast?
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    Re: Secondary Browser Window Problem (5.5 and 6.0)

    I think most people just neutered WSH's file asssociations (.wsh, .js, .vbs, etc.), others removed or renamed the executables (wscript.exe and cscript.exe), but then there were those that recommended complete removal of WSH:

    "To remove VBS script hosting from the control panel, please follow the following instructions:

    1. Click on the start button, select SETTINGS.
    2. From the listing which appears, select CONTROL PANEL.
    3. Select "Add/remove programs" or "Add/remove software."
    4. A box will appear. Click on the "Windows SETUP" tab.
    5. When the list appears, click once on "Accessories" to highlight it.
    6. Click on the "Details" button down below.
    7. Look for "Windows scripting host" among the entries.
    8. If the box next to the entry is checked, UNCHECK it.
    9. Click on OK to remove the "VBS Hosting" facilities.
    10. Windows will no longer respond to dangerous script attachments in email or from websites if you follow our advice here and remove VBS Scripting. Now the only risks you face are attachments containing executable programs..."
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    For completeness sake, here is another site giving the same information:

    "To disable WSH, preventing scripts from being run:

    1. From the Windows taskbar, select Start|Settings|Control Panel.
    2. In the 'Control Panel' screen, double-click the 'Add/Remove programs' icon.
    3. In the 'Add/Remove Programs' window, open the 'Windows Setup' tabbed page. Select 'Accessories' and double-click.
    4. In the 'Accessories' list, find 'Windows Scripting Host'.
    5. Click on the check-box by 'Windows Scripting Host' to deselect it.
    6. Click OK to return to 'Add/Remove Programs' window. Then click on 'OK'."
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    I think this is all pretty straght forward and not very complicated -- however, the Symnatec site points out that the above procedure works ONLY in Windows98. Apparently, after Win98 MS decided to pull WSH from the Add/Remove list!

    They recommend some options -- that you might recognize are simply the techniques I listed in the first sentence of this post:

    "Remove the file from the system--any version of Windows-

    With the exception of some versions of Windows 98, the Windows Scripting Host can be installed on the computer, but not be displayed in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box. For these, and all versions of Windows, you can disable WSH by removing its executable file. Please follow these steps to do this:
    1. Click Start, point to Find, and click Files or Folders.
    2. Make sure that Look in is point to either drive C or All Drives if you have more than one.
    3. In the Named box, type wscript.exe and then click Find Now.
    4. Right-click the resultant file, and then do one of the following:
    If you are sure that you will not need this, click Delete, and then click Yes to confirm.
    If you want to keep a copy of this file so that you can easily reinstall it later:
    1. Click Cut. (Do not click Copy.)
    2. Close the Find Files window.
    3. Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop.
    4. Insert a blank, formatted floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
    5. Double-click the floppy disk drive icon--usually drive A.
    6. Click the File menu, and click Paste.
    5. (Optional). Because you have deleted or moved the Wscript.exe file, if you ever do try to run a .vbs file, you will see a Program Not Found message. This is, of course, expected, and you can just click Cancel. If you want to prevent this, however, you will have to remove the file association, as follows:
    a. Start Windows Explorer.
    b. Click View, and click Options or Folder Options.
    c. Click the File Types tab.
    d. In the Registered file types list box, scroll down to select VBScript Script File.
    e. Click Remove, and then click Yes to confirm.
    f. Click OK, and then close all dialog boxes."

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