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This FAQ can help you:

1. Can I run VS6 Installer on Windows XP?

Yes, VS6 Installer can be run from Windows 2000 (with SP4) and later versions, up to Windows Seven 64-bit.

2. Can I run VS6 Installer on Windows 98SE?

In theory yes, but this version of Windows does not have the VB6 virtual machine msvbvm60.dll (present in all later versions).

3. Can I copy VS6 Installer to a USB device?

Yes, VS6 Installer can be copied to any device but this must be writable, excluding CD and DVD (even if re-writable).

4. What advantages are there to keep VS6 Installer on a USB device?

The great advantage is to have always available to install the Visual Studio 6.0, and can be useful when, for example, you must format and reinstall it on multiple computers.

However, note that it takes approximately 2 GB of free space for copying source files.

5. What disadvantages are there to keep VS6 Installer on a USB device?

The only drawback is that the preparation of the three folders (step 1, 2 and 3) will take longer, since a peripheral USB is significantly slower than a hard disk.

Another issue: due to VS6 Installer keep complete paths on CONFIG.INI file, so you have to change the drive letter of your USB device, i.e.

- the root path on CONFIG.INI is: F:\Root

- the drive letter of your USB device is: G:

then you can:

- change the drive letter from G to F

or

- modify all paths in CONFIG.INI to adapt F to G (using Notepad)

6. What is the fastest method for preparation of folders?

The quickest way is to keep everything on your hard disk: both VS6 Installer and all the source files for VS6.0, MSDN Library, and SP6.

Also, set the ROOT folder into hard disk.

For example, you can make a copy of all five CD VS6.0 + Service Pack 6.

In this way the preparation of the folders and installation process will be very fast.

7. I have both Visual Studio and Visual Basic. I can prepare folders for both products?

Yes. VS6 Installer prepares different folders for Visual Studio and Visual Basic so you can perform the Step 1 for Visual studio, then repeating for Visual Basic.

Please note that the Visual Studio folder is the same for both Enterprise and Professional versions.

8. Can VS6 Installer install Visual Studio or Visual Basic in Windows 8.x or 10?

Yes, but due to some incompatibility you need to uncheck some of the components in the installation.

Read the section about Windows 8 in the Known Issues topic, how to disable Data Access components, to avoid problems.

In theory yes, but this version of Windows does not have the VB6 virtual machine msvbvm60.dll (present in all later versions).

9. Why VS6 Installer is not working properly?

Probably you already have previously installed Visual Studio or Visual Basic in other ways, but without success. If so, before you use VS6 Installer, you have to clean your system.

Please remove:

- any and all remaining files and folders from the Program Files folder

- the node from the Windows Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Visual Basic

10. I own Windows 10, why VS6I continue to show 6.3 as number version (Windows 8,x)?

Because really, the number version hasn't change from Windows 8.x

See the Registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

about CurrentVersion and ProductName values.

 

Before you install Visual Basic 6.0, please read the topic Known Issues.

 

 

 


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