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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you run a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro that copies a presentation to a new presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, you receive the following error message:
Error accessing file. Network connection may have been lost.
This problem occurs when all the following conditions are true:
The presentation that is being copied was created in an earlier version of Microsoft PowerPoint.
The presentation that was created in an earlier version of PowerPoint contains an embedded Microsoft Excel worksheet that also has an embedded ActiveX control.
The VBA macro contains an Open event that searches for OLE objects.
How to obtain the hotfix
This issue is fixed in the PowerPoint 2002 Hotfix Package that is dated May 6, 2004. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
After you install this hotfix, follow the steps that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article to set the QFE_12245 registry key and to activate the hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. To activate this hotfix, follow these steps:
Quit PowerPoint 2002.
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate, and then click to select the following registry key: