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Hello,

If a VB EXE is run from the web, does/can it take control away form the task manager. The program in question uses Excel and Powerpoint to make automated presentations from database data.  I get an error when trying to kill a hosed up Excel task saying I (the administrator) does not have permission to end the task.

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by:AbbasAhmed
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Could you be more specific about your problem. I mean I would like to know what platform you are using. What I guessed from your question is that you are running Windows 98/95. Well, as far as the VB exe problem is concerned, does this program work well if you execute it locally?
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by:odium9
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OK.. Sorry to be so vague.
The problem is under Windows NT 4.0 SP5.
I program works fine if executed locally.  The problem lies on test runs and running the program through links.  I force an error, and EXCEL gets hosed up in the servers Task Manager.  Then EXCEL and the program cannot be force closed by Task Manager.  After awhile, the whole server gets hosed.  I am guessing a message box appears, or something, but this process should still be able to be force closed.  

Hope that clarified.
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neoabacus earned 400 total points
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because you are running in the context of the IIS user account which does not have interactive capabilities when you force an error a dialog box would normally be shown which you cannot respond to

since this is running in the confined context of the IIS server you cannot kill that process...(at least not as far as i am aware)

you may be able to stop the web service then kill the offending excel application..

however i find that the only sure way of stopping it is a reboot of NT...
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