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Adobe SVG Viewer won't load in .NET browser control on a Windows 7 64bit OS

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I have a VB.NET windows application running on the 64bit version of Windows 7 that utilizes a
browser control. The browser control loads a page which uses the Adobe SVG viewer to load
a GIS map. The control works fine when loaded directly in the 32bit version of IE but when I try
to load the SVG viewer within the browser contol I only get the outline of the map with a red X in
top left corner.

It's well known that the Adobe SVG viewer is not supported by the 64bit version of IE8. Is there
any way to force the browser control to use the 32bit version of IE rather than the 64 bit? I would
like to continue to use the browser control as it works fine on any of the 32bit Windows systems
we have the application deployed on. The issues is with the Adobe SVG viewer loading in the
browser control on the Windows 7 64bit systems.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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by:Rimvis
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Hi CaptainCrunch7777, Check compilation settings for your app. If it is set to "Any CPU", try to use "x86". Maybe this way browser control will load 32-bit IE.
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by:CaptainCrunch7777
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Hi Sage,

I've tried that but the app will always load the 64 bit version of IE no matter which CPU it's compiled for.
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I have solved the issue. It was the Windows Data Execution Prevention that was preventing the viewer from loading in the browser control. To disable DEP in the EXE you need to do the following:

Go to Project Properties -> Compile -> Build Events

Paste the following under post-build:

call "$(DevEnvDir)..\tools\vsvars32.bat"
editbin.exe /NXCOMPAT:NO "$(TargetPath)"

When creating the install package, use the EXE from the obj\Release folder rather than the bin\Release folder, so I had to add another post-build line to patch that one too
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by:Cut_OS
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Good solution, thank you so much!
A better way: Go to the project-linker-settings and add under command-line options:

/NXCOMPAT:NO
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