It is sometimes hard to diagnose browser problems. For example if you have problems loading a certain page, you don't know whether this is a browser problem or an web server problem. Maybe you have the wrong browser settings (for example bad certificates for a HTTPS site). Or probably the web server does not respond normally to HTTP requests?
A simple way to diagnose such problems is to get the page through a different method, without involving the browser. You can use XMLHTTP - the thing that everyone talks about these days. Take for example the following simple script:
set sxh = CreateObject("MSXML2.XMLHTTP.3.0")
page = sxh.responsetext
If you launch this script with an URL in its parameter, you will get back the page at that URL. It's that simple!
cscript //NoLogo get1.vbs http://search.msn.com > test1.htm
This technique is also very useful if you want to "poke around" and to see the contents of a web page, without giving the browser a chance to react on it. For example, when the page contains a "redirect" script or instruction, there is no better way to get the contents of the HTML page.