CScript Error: Can't find script engine "VBScript"

CScript Error: Can't find script engine "VBScript"

I have in some situations seen a problem where I suddenly is unable to start a vbscript in an SCCM 2012 OSD task sequence with another account specified.

When the situation occurs I can see this error in the smsts.log:

CScript Error: Can’t find script engine “VBScript” for script


The problem appears to be caused by a changed registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftCOM3REGDBVersion

When REGDBVersion has the value hex:01,00,00 then vbscript’s works as expected.

Until now I have seen that VMware tools and Citrix XenApp can change the value breaking the possibility to start vbscript’s with another account in the task sequence.

REGDBVersion value after XenApp 6.5 installation hex:f8,01,00,00,00,00,00,00

REGDBVersion value after VMware Tools installation 06,00,00,00,00,00,00,00

One way around the problem is to call the script before installing software that changes this value.

If this is not possible this can be used as a workaround.

Save the existing registry values under the COM3 key, and then change the value of REGDBVersion to the working value.

Now the script can run and afterwards you can restore the saved keys.


REG EXPORT HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftCOM3 %temp%com.reg /y


Set Working value

REG ADD HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftCOM3 /v REGDBVersion /t REG_BINARY /d 010000 /f


Call your script (example)


Restore values:

REG IMPORT %temp%com.reg


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