Class not registered

Posted: June 27, 2010 in .Net
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Recently when I tried to build and run an existing .Net application code I got the following error which generated from a component named “axShockwaveFlash1” which is an object used to embed flash content on to the application.

System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException was unhandled
  Message=Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG))
  Source=System.Windows.Forms
  ErrorCode=-2147221164
  StackTrace:
       at System.Windows.Forms.UnsafeNativeMethods.CoCreateInstance(Guid& clsid, Object punkOuter, Int32 context, Guid& iid)
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.CreateWithoutLicense(Guid clsid)
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.CreateWithLicense(String license, Guid clsid)
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.CreateInstanceCore(Guid clsid)
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.CreateInstance()
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.GetOcxCreate()
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.TransitionUpTo(Int32 state)
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.CreateHandle()
       at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
       at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
       at System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.EndInit()
       at Tour_Management_System.Loading_Form.InitializeComponent() in D:\Projects\Acc\TMS_20100205_Desktop\Tour_Management_System 2010-01-19\Tour_Management_System\Form1.Designer.cs:line 99
       at Tour_Management_System.Loading_Form..ctor() in D:\Projects\Acc\TMS_20100205_Desktop\Tour_Management_System 2010-01-19\Tour_Management_System\Form1.cs:line 30
       at Tour_Management_System.Program.Main() in D:\Projects\Acc\TMS_20100205_Desktop\Tour_Management_System 2010-01-19\Tour_Management_System\Program.cs:line 18
       at System.AppDomain._nExecuteAssembly(Assembly assembly, String[] args)
       at System.Runtime.Hosting.ApplicationActivator.CreateInstance(ActivationContext activationContext, String[] activationCustomData)
       at Microsoft.VisualStudio.HostingProcess.HostProc.RunUsersAssemblyDebugInZone()
       at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
       at System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart()
  InnerException:

After some investigation I found that the reason for this was Flash Player’s incompatibility with 64 bit. Since my machine is running Windows 64 bit version it generates an error while trying to start Flash player. Good thing is Adobe is planning to release a Flash player which supports 64 bit soon.

For people who cannot wait until that (like me) can fix the problem in the following manner by running the application as an x86 application by changing the target platform in project properties.

Step 1 – Right click on your project and click on the properties.

Step 2 – Click on the Build tab and select x86 as the Platform target:.

Step 3 – Rebuild the application and run it, you will not get the error.

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