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I recently updated my Windows XP SP3 machine with some recommended updates from Windows Update. After I did so, I received the following error every time I tried to open a Datasheet view in SharePoint:
The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons: A datasheet component compatible with Windows SharePoint Services is not installed, your browser does not support ActiveX controls, or support for ActiveX controls is disabled.
Poking around on the Web, I found many solutions for folks who were using Office 2003. Here’s the most common solution I found:
- Close Internet Explorer
- Go to Start –> Run… –> “regedit”
- Delete the following folder in the registry:
Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerActiveX Compatibility
Unfortunately, I’m running Office 2007 and that registry key isn’t in the registry on my machine. However, I do happen to have Access 2003 still loaded on the machine (my Office 2007 install didn’t include Access), so I tried to do a Detect and Repair in Access 2003 to see if that would solve the problem. Nope.
I had one more idea: I ran Office Diagnostics in Outlook 2007 (any Office 2007 application has this option under Help or application options). I closed all of my Internet Explorer windows and tried again. Success!