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There has been an error while loading the form - The following file is not a valid InfoPath form tem

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint


We’re experiencing quite an odd issue with opening forms within a SharePoint form library. These are the symptoms;

We recently published a newer version of an InfoPath form, and have since received some feedback that the form no longer opens in the “View Properties” view of SharePoint.

Rather interesting though, within the standard view all form instances can be opened with no problem.

The reason this has to work within the “View Properties” view of SharePoint is because we have a workflow that is sent, with a link to this particular page.

This is the error message that is displayed;


There has been an error while

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