Microsoft KB Archive/173437

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Article ID: 173437

Article Last Modified on 10/5/2001


  • Microsoft FrontPage 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173437


When you browse a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) page that contains a FrontPage component (either by clicking the Preview tab at the bottom of the FrontPage window or by clicking the Preview In Browser button on the Standard toolbar), the following error message may appear:

This page contains elements that may need to be saved or published to display properly.


FrontPage components that interact with a Web server do not function when you create a disk-based FrontPage Web. Browse-time components only function when you use a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server on which you have installed the FrontPage 98 Server Extensions.


To work around this behavior, use the appropriate method for your situation.

Method 1: If You Are Using Components That Interact with a Web Server

Publish Active Server Pages and/or the Internet Database Connector on one of the following server configurations:

  • Microsoft Personal Web Server for Windows 95
  • Peer Web Services for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server for Microsoft Windows NT Server or Microsoft Windows 2000

Method 2: If You Are Using Browse-Time Components

You can turn on FrontPage browse-time components by publishing your disk-based Web to an HTTP server. For additional information about publishing a FrontPage Web to an HTTP server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

194093 FP98: How to Publish a FrontPage Web to the Internet, Intranet

161414 FP97: How to Publish a FrontPage Web to the Internet, Intranet


The following components are browse-time components:

  • Active Server Pages (ASP)
  • Discussion Form Handler
  • Database Region Wizard (creates ASP pages)
  • Hit Counter
  • Hover Button with a Custom Image
  • Internet Database Connector
  • Registration Form Handler
  • Save Results Form Handler
  • Search Form

How to Determine Whether You Are Using a Disk-based Web or Server-based Web

To determine whether you have a disk-based Web or a server-based Web, open your Web in FrontPage Explorer and look at the title bar. If the title of your Web contains a drive letter and one or more backslashes, like this


your Web is disk-based.

If the title of your Web contains "http" and forward slashes, like this:

your Web is server-based.

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