regsvr32.exe error

Posted on 2008-10-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I cannot get to load in IE7 running under Vista. I have tried the fix suggested in " site unavailable in Vista IE7, works fine in Safari and Firefox", but when I run regsvr32.exe as an administrator, I get the following error message: To register a module, you must provide a binary name." I what binary name to give it or how it should be entered. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
Question by:maggieg103
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
LVL 50

Expert Comment

ID: 22780304
maggieg103--  The short answer is "Regsvr32.exe was invoked without specifying any modules in the command line"
More info is here
And the official Microsoft comment is here


Author Comment

ID: 22780510

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately I don't know what module to specify in the command line. I don't believe the solution I am referencing, site unavailable in Vista IE7, works fine in Safari and Firefox, specifies:

1. Clear your DNS cache.  Go to Start > Run and type CMD
and hit OK.
At the command prompt, type ipconfig /flushDNS
and hit OK.

If using Vista and you get an error, run regsvr32.exe from an elevated command prompt. To get an elevated command prompt, right-click on the "Command Prompt" shortcut and select "Run as Administrator".

Do you know what module I need to enter?
Thank you again,

LVL 59

Assisted Solution

LeeTutor earned 50 total points
ID: 22781392
I suggest you follow the other advice in the answer and forget about using regsvr32.exe...  Incidentally, I am running Vista and I have no difficulty in going to
Comprehensive Backup Solutions for Microsoft

Acronis protects the complete Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Windows PC, laptop and Surface data; Microsoft business applications; Microsoft Hyper-V; Azure VMs; Microsoft Windows Server 2016; Microsoft Exchange 2016 and SQL Server 2016.

LVL 50

Assisted Solution

jcimarron earned 450 total points
ID: 22781579
maggieg103--OK.  Now I understand a little better what you are talking about.  I originally did not know what " site unavailable in Vista IE7, works fine in Safari and Firefox" referred to.
Are you saying you ran ipconfig /flushDNS as suggested and get an error message ?  I do not use Vista, so am a little crippled in giving you exact advice, but I suspect that error message would say something about a need to register a specific .dll file.  Did it?  With the name of that .dll file (taking ulrmon.dll as an example) you would enter the following in a command prompt (without the quotes but with the space after 2) "regsvr32 urlmon.dll" and press Enter.  You should get a message saying that succeeded.
If the error message did not specify a .dll file then look at this reference;EN-US;q281679&
and run the regsvr32 command on each of the .dll files mentioned under Resolution.
Just to ease your mind a little, the earlier E-E thread seems to have left a few things out, so I understand your confusion.
If the above has not helped, let's go back to the beginning.  What happens when you try to enter the site?  An error message?  (If so, what does it say? Page cannot be displayed?)  A blank window?  Is this the only website you cannot access?  Is this something new?
With the answers I will try to help.
Have you tried all the other suggestions made in the earlier E-E thread?
LVL 59

Expert Comment

ID: 22795564
maggieg103, any feedback?

Accepted Solution

maggieg103 earned 0 total points
ID: 22804374
I have followed all of the advise and, unfortunately, still won't load. It's very strange, but not worth more time to troubleshoot. Nevertheless, thank you both very much for your efforts.

Expert Comment

ID: 22859727
Hi I am the poster of the question you reference (" site unavailable in Vista IE7, works fine in Safari and Firefox") and I am sorry I dropped the ball on following up to say that the basic suggestions made by war1 were unsuccessful.  I am still working on this and may post another question and monitor it very carefully now, if that is permitted.  If I find the solution I will be glad to pass it on.

I have found others online who experience this issue, but many Vista users do not have this issue apparently.  It HAS to be something related to my Vista install and IE7, since it works fine in Firefox, Safari, and all browsers I have in XP SP2 as well.

Expert Comment

ID: 23008168
OK I have a solution which I tested and which worked correctly, and I am posting it here so people might use the solution themselves.

I found it at this site:

The short of it is, it appears to be an issue with having either a Tablet PC or a tablet input device (like a wacom) added to your computer, when running not only Vista but even XP and Internet Explorer.  I am running Vista Ultimate 32-bit with SP1, IE 7, and I have an old Wacom tablet hooked up I like to use with Photoshop CS2.

As a quick workaround, people report being able to access nbc through instead, which also works for me.  If you want to access other pages at that site, such as video content, you have to manually add the i back in the URL so it uses that instead of the default again.

For example, I go to and then moving my mouse over the Watch Video choice on the top menu item and selecting 30 Rock from the menu, it changes the URL to which again fails.  If I then change the URL in the address bar to I successfully get to the page.  I can then select a video clip to watch and it works!

Someone at the solution site posted above did some sleuthing and discovered it appears to be related to the User-Agent header for Tablet PC versions of the OS, and it causes redirection to the mobile site, but the mobile site DOES handle the header and sends the browser back to the full site, and this happens over and over until it fails.  I have not verified this myself but it is believable.  Another commenter says they have trouble getting to content as well, but I have been unable to reproduce that problem.

Then someone suggested closing the browsers and deleting the "Tablet PC 2.0" key from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform and clearing the IE cache.  This worked for me after I cleared both the Files and the Cookies caches.

There are reports from some users of this not working for them, and from others of the key coming back after a reboot.  For me it works fine after every reboot.  But if it doesn't work for you, someone in the comments suggested writing the key removal into a .reg file so its easy to re-run after a reboot.

I hope this helps.  As you can see it was a complex issue unrelated to the solution above.  I am sorry again I dropped the ball on the follow-up of my original problem, but thanks everyone for your help.

Thank you,


Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article offers some helpful and general tips for safe browsing and online shopping. It offers simple and manageable procedures that help to ensure the safety of one's personal information and the security of any devices.
In threads here at EE, each comment has a unique Identifier (ID). It is easy to get the full path for an ID via the right-click context menu. However, we often want to post a short link within a thread rather than the full link. This article shows a…
How to create a custom search shortcut to site-search Experts Exchange using Google in the Firefox browser. This eliminates the need to type out whenever you want to search the site. Launch your Bookmark Menu: Press 'Ctrl +…
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

695 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question