Code 800 Errors in VBScript / WSH

Troubleshooting Code 800 Errors found in VBScript

This page is designed to help you cure 800xxxxx error messages in your VBScript.  To solve your problem look for clues in the Windows Script Host message box.  In particular always check the Line: (number), the Source: and what the Error: message says.

The Symptoms of code 800 messages

The error happens when you execute, run, or double click a VBScript script (.vbs file).  Most probably you are trying to create a Logon script.  One possible scenario is that you are creating a Windows logon script and there is a typing mistake in the server name.Code 800 Errors in VBScript / WSH

Alternatively, you are writing an Active Directory VBScript, which adds computers or amends users properties.

Yet another scenario is that you are creating a WMI scripts to interrogate the operating system.  In each case, what you see is a message box with Windows Scripting Host in the title.

Categories of VBScript 800xxxxx error codes

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Code 80005xxx – ADSI errors

Errors beginning with 80005xxx point to an ADSI error in your VBScript.  While the message box calls them ADSI, I think of them as LDAP errors.  For example, suppose that you are scripting a user’s properties and you type givename instead of givenName (two ns), that mistake in the ADSI / LDAP name would generate an 80005xxx error.

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Code 8007xxxx – Operating System error e.g. Windows Server / Vista

If your error begins with 8007xxxx then look for an factor outside VBScript.  For instance, check the spelling of the name of your share or printer.  Another possibility is that the server named in the script, is simply down or otherwise unavailable.

Code 8009xxxx

  • Code 80092023  Illegal character in a key name for a certificate

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Code 800Axxxx  Syntax errors

In VBScript, there are 53 syntax errors all beginning with 800Axxxx.  These errors should be among the easiest to cure because the message often includes the missing punctuation mark or bracket.

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