In the past when I've been hit with this, I've quickly run back to vbscript, because IT JUST WORKS.
I quickly realised that I was going to need a COM library to call. I considered hacking one together, but needing to register COM stuff is such a pain in the arse, that I really just didn't want to have to deal with it.
Luckily, I found a novel idea on the internet. Basically to use IE for user input. The page is throwing 404s, but there was a cache.
Good work internet.
Btw, now there is another cache, and you can access it if you're me.