Consider the following scenario. On a computer that is running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 or that has KB9823246 installed, you recompile a Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) application by using one of the following applications:

  • Microsoft Visual C++
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6
  • Microsoft .NET applications

In this scenario, you find that the application does not run on down-level operating systems. For example, it does not run on the release version of Windows 7, on Windows Vista, and on other earlier versions of Windows. Depending on your implementation, you also receive an error message that resembles one of the following. (You may receive other error messages.)

Error message 1


Error message 2

E_POINTER (0x80004003)

Error message 3

E_NOINTERFACE (0x80004002)

Error message 4

Unable to cast COM object of type ‘System.__ComObject’ to interface type ‘ADODB.Connection’. This operation failed because the QueryInterface call on the COM component for the interface with IID ‘{00001550-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}’ failed due to the following error: No such interface supported (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80004002 (E_NOINTERFACE)).”

The following Visual C++ code segment replicates this issue.

#import ” msado15.dll” no_namespace rename(“EOF”,”EndOfFile”)
int main()
_ConnectionPtr pConnection = NULL;
HRESULT hr = pConnection.CreateInstance(__uuidof(Connection)); //hr gets E_NOINTERFACE here

The following Visual Basic for Applications code segment replicates this issue.

Private Sub Form_Load()
Dim Conn As New ADODB.Connection ‘Runtime error here: Class does not support Automation or does not support expected interface
End Sub

Note: Microsoft no longer supports the primary interop assembly for ADO and no longer supports Visual Basic 6. For more information about Visual Basic 6 supportability, visit the following MSDN webpage:
Support Statement for Visual Basic 6.0 on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7
For more information about the primary interop assembly for ADO supportability, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
318559 Using the primary interop assembly for ADO (ADODB) in Visual Studio .NET

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