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BUG: "Access is denied" error message when you try to open a form with the ExternalApplication object in InfoPath 2003

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When you use the Open method for the ExternalApplication object in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, at run time you receive the following error message:
Error: InfoPath cannot open the following test file: filename.xml. Access is denied.
Code: 80043000
Source: infopath

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This problem occurs because of an InfoPath security check. You receive this error if the form template is stored on a network share instead of on your local computer.

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To work around this problem, you can use the Microsoft Windows Script Host component ( to open the form programmatically. This workaround is described in more detail in the "More Information" section.

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003.

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More information

Steps to Reproduce the Problem

  1. Design a new, blank form template in InfoPath.
  2. Save the template as Test.xsn to a network share that you have write access to.
  3. On the File menu, click Fill Out a Form. In the Fill Out a Form task pane, select test.
  4. On the File menu, click Save. Save the form to your local computer as C:\testform.xml.
  5. Quit InfoPath.
  6. Start Notepad, and then copy the following script to a new file that you name Test.js.
    objIP = new ActiveXObject("InfoPath.ExternalApplication")
    //Open an InfoPath form.
    objIP.Open ("C:\\testform.xml")
  7. In Windows Explorer, double-click Test.js to run the script.

    Note You receive the run-time error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.
To work around this problem, replace the script in Test.js with the following script:
var WshShell = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
Now when you run the script, InfoPath opens Testform.xml without error.

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Keywords: KB823436, kbbug

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Article Info
Article ID : 823436
Revision : 5
Created on : 7/28/2006
Published on : 7/28/2006
Exists online : False
Views : 294