Code Error 800A0401 – Expected End of Statement

Troubleshooting Code 800A0401 – Expected End of Statement

Good news, here is another example of a WSH error message with a helpful Char: number.  Count along the line until you get to the offending character.  With Error 800A0401 start by looking for missing ampersands (&).

Introduction to Code 800A0401

Error code, 800A0401 occurs when you execute a VBScript.  This is a compilation error, therefore check your punctuation.  A wild guess, you have left out an ampersand (&), or possibly a comma.Code 800A0401 - Expected end of statement

The Symptoms You Get

The script does not execute as you had hoped. Instead, Windows Scripting host generates a message box like this picture:  Good news, I have three examples of code: 800A0401.

The Cause of Code 800A0401 VBScript Error

Your VBScript contains a punctuation error.   Note: The clue from Source: Microsoft VBScript compilation error, this means a syntax error in your script.  In this case the Char: number (33) is particularly valuable in troubleshooting.

The Solution to Error: Expected end of statement

Check the syntax of your script, in particular double-check punctuation marks (&, comma, speech marks or full stop.).  In this instance, Windows Scripting Host has detected a mix-up between a comma and a full stop.  As ever, a line number is helpful when troubleshooting, moreover, any Char : number other than 1, will pin-point the problem.


Example 1 of Script for Code 800A0401

Note: The error is at Line 3, Character 33 – wbemServices, Instances

It should be wbemServices.Instances  (Full stop, and not a comma)

‘ VBScript Error 800A0401
strComputer = "Alan"
set wbemservices = GetObject("Winmgmts:\\" & strComputer)
set wbemObjectSet = wbemServices, InstancesOf ("win32_LogicalMemoryConfiguration")
For each wbemobject in wbemobjectset
WScript.echo "Tot Physical Memory " & wbemobject.totalPhysicalMemory

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Example 2 of Script for Error 800A0401


Wscript.Echo objNetwork.UserName " at " & objNetwork.ComputerName

An & (ampersand) is missing it should be:


Wscript.Echo objNetwork.UserName & " at " & objNetwork.ComputerName

‘ VBScript 800A0401 Error
Set ObjNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")
Wscript.Echo objNetwork.UserName " at " & objNetwork.ComputerName


Example 3 – Missing Comma

The error is on line 10 char 33, it needs a comma between the drive letter and the UNC path

objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "R:" "\\alan\backup"
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "R:" ,  "\\alan\backup"

‘ BudgetPear.vbs
‘ Script to map the Budget share on the server pear
‘ Version 1.1 August 2010
‘ Guy Thomas

Option Explicit
Dim objNetwork

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "R:" "\\alan\backup"
WSript.echo " Share Mapped "

‘ End of Guy’s script

Summary of Error Code 800A0401

As usual with 0800 error codes, check the line number and the char number.  Pay careful attention to any punctuation.  Is there a comma, missing?  Could there be a comma, where the script needs a full stop?


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