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Unable to launch TM1 Perspectives: Microsoft Visual Basic Automation Error Unspecified Error



After receiving a Microsoft update(s), users trying to access TM1 Perspectives see the following error message:


Microsoft Visual Basic

Automation Error
Unspecified Error


The following Microsoft updates have been released August 2012.

See bulletin below for all updates released;

This issue is specific to this Microsoft Office security Update KB2687441


Excel 2007 on Windows

Resolving The Problem

*** Excel must be closed before performing these steps***

Unregister and re-register the mscomctl.ocx file.
NOTE: The following must be performed on the machine where problem is occurring when logged into the machine as a user in the local Administrators group.

Open a command prompt window.
When applicable (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2), you must use the "Run as Administrator" mode/option when opening the command prompt window

Run the appropriate commands indicated below.

For 64 bit machines:

regsvr32 /u C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mscomctl.ocx

regsvr32 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mscomctl.ocx

For 32 bit machines:

regsvr32 /u C:\Windows\System32\mscomctl.ocx

regsvr32 C:\Windows\System32\mscomctl.ocx

Once the file has successfully re-registered, start Perspectives to confirm whether this has resolved the problem.

For additional information including for other Operating system and Excel versions, please see the following Technote:


Upgrade to Office 2010

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018