PowerShell IE9 ComObject has all null properties after navigating to webpage


I have a PowerShell script that navigates to a (presumably) classic ASP page on our intranet to stop a Windows Service running on our server as part of the deployment process for that service (and restarts it after deploying the new files). It ran fine until we recently upgraded to IE9. Here’s the script.

Now when I run the script, it successfully launches IE, but throws the following error:

When I investigate in PowerShell, I find that if I create the IE ComObject, it at first has valid properties, but as soon as I navigate to the the service control page, all the properties are null (almost as if the ComObject gone away?). For example, before the HWND property had a valid value, but now it’s null ($ie.hwnd -eq $null returns true). No error is displayed in PowerShell when I navigate to the page.

I looked at some similar questions, but the first one doesn’t match my circumstance (the Document property is null in my case) and as for the latter one, IE9 defaults to compatibility mode for intranet sites. I saved the ASP page and ran it through the w3c validator and it threw some errors (although none related to the elements I’m trying to deal with). Unfortunately I can’t fix those. Other sites don’t seem to have this problem. Any suspicions on what the problem may be and recommendations on work-arounds?


I just worked through this.. sort of. I was seeing the same behavior until I turned off protected mode in IE. This seems to have something to do with submitting from one security zone to the next. So.. assuming that your original page is in the internet zone, with protected mode on, you submit to a page in a trusted zone or intranet or whatever, it seems like the COM context is lost. Probably intentional. I’m going to try fixing the zones, and keeping protected mode on.

Hope this helps.

EDIT: This is also a non-issue if you run your powershell in elevated mode (run as admin)


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