Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Navigation to the web page was cancelled

Have you been facing this error in Visual Studio 2005?
Other symptoms:
XML files will not open with Internet Explorer (tried with both IE6 and IE7). Schema files (*.xsd) will open fine though.
Visual Studio (2005) will not display any schema files in the source view. Instead a message saying "Navigation to the web page was cancelled" appears.

I was stuck with this problem for over 2 months and it took me a very long while to even identify the symptoms in any clarity. The internet, Microsoft and Google provided little help. Until finally an obscure post in a stylus studio forum had a similar thread.

Anyway, the cause is that the msxml3.dll was not registered. This is the dll that enables viewing of xml in IE.
The fix is to re-register the dll. Hit start, Run and type in the following:
regsvr32 msxml3.dll

This re-registers the dll. Problem solved.
Apparently, one of the reasons this error can occur is because a shareware tool called Oxigen (an XML editor) was uninstalled.


Anonymous said...

brilliant! this solved my problem!!

Anonymous said...

What would I do without the internet! This worked like a charm, thanks :)

Seems some stupid XML reader I installed/de-installed unregistered this DLL file.

Thanks a million, this was really peeing me off!


Anonymous said...

This solved my problems also. Thanks a ton!

Anonymous said...

OMG! THANK YOU! How are normal people going to fix this problem? Then again...normal people don't read xml files :)

Kahor said...

You are my hero, you saved my day :)

I had the exact since installing Oxygen xml Editor and this made several applications unusable (because they depended on the default behaviour of IE opening xml files)

Anonymous said...

I am dumbstruck. I consider you a genius for discovering this fix. I recently uninstalled Oxygen XML 11 and installed Oxygen XML 12 and this error started occurring. I tried my best to find a solution through Google and MS web site searches but finally stumbled upon this page. I normally don't post comments on the Web but I had to make an exception for this. I really appreciate you posting this fix. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Great thanks for this!!!

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MajinOwy said...

Well I try everything but it didn't work..I don't know why :(

Anonymous said...

many thanks for this. I have had this problem some time ago and registering msxml3.dll helped. It, however started appearing again. I visited windows/system32 folder and found similar file called msxml6.dll. I re-registered this file and it works again.

many thanks

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. This worked.