It seems our friends in Redmond have done it again, another security patch has screwed up the Template Builder for Word. We apologise, its tough to know what any given patch is likely to do, this one -KB936021 at least mentions the MS XML Services which we do use so we maybe should have picked it up.
If you are experiencing the following error when trying to load an XML sample file when building a template or trying to connect to the BIP server to create a template:
Compile error in hidden module: Module_starter
We have the following work around - which seems to work reliably
and does not require you to uninstall the security patch:
1. Go to the Start Menu:
All Programs -> Oracle BI Publisher Desktop -> Template Builder for Word Language
2. Select your language
3. Click OK.
Now use the builder as normal.
We apologise for this interruption of service, normal Templating experience will resume shortly ... barring any more surprises from Washington.