Input Error: There is no script engine for file extension “.vbs”.

Written by James McDonald

March 2, 2011

Just installed Bluefish for Windows and let it take control of alot of the files that you might want to edit including .VBS files (Visual Basic Script).

After which I got the following error:

C:\Users\myusername\Desktop>cscript DownloadAndConvert.vbs
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Input Error: There is no script engine for file extension ".vbs".

The fix was to go into Registry editor, navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.vbs and change the “(Default)” entry from bfvbsfile back to the standard vbsfile.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; @="bfvbsfile" 
; change the default value from bfvbsfile back to vbsfile
"Content Type"="application/x-vbscript"



OS: Windows 7 Ultimate


  1. Sparda

    Thanks for the fix. Really helped a lot.

  2. bulos

    Thanks! Please add to this page keywords “can’t find script engine vbscript” which I was actually googling as part of error message.

  3. Demiurgous

    Thanks! Really helpful!

  4. Levi Paul

    I had the same situation and uninstalled BlueFish to se if .vbs coul return to work. But this did not happened and in Registry HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT do not have .vbs extension. What could be done?

  5. Wing Girl Kim

    Aw, you ROCK!

  6. Prit

    It worked . Thanks

  7. zentex486

    This solved my problem. A big THANKS from you.

  8. zentex486

    *from you -> from me — (sorry)

  9. zuus

    Thanks a bunch! Solved my issue.

    • Jabba

      Solved my problem.

  10. ebsbow

    Thank you. That works!

  11. Andy

    This worked for me when all the other assoc and ftype files didn’t.


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