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Visual Studio 6.0 Installer wizard v.5.0 (setup)
last update: 10/29/2017

Latest test: Dec 30, 2019 on Windows 10 Home - v. 1909 (build 18363)

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Install Visual Basic 6.0, MSDN library and SP6 under Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2000,
32 bit / 64 bit, any edition
(Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enteprise).
Recommended for Windows 10: install first, then run as administrator.

VS6 Installer WebHelp
   updated September 9, 2019
See complete video tutorial on YouTube:  english version    
   versione italiana    
For any questions post message on the VS6 Installer FORUM. I do not answer privately, or on YouTube. 

it is strictly forbidden to distribute and / or share VS6 Installer (any version, any file) without written permission from the author (me).



Windows 10 Home 1909 build 18363
Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition (ITALIAN)
MSDN Library Visual Studio 6.0 - 2 CD (complete)
Service Pack 6.0


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Important note for Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP SP3

You must install and run VS6Installer 5.x 'as administrator', otherwise you get a error. Right-click on VS6Installer.exe -> Run As Administrator


If you have already tried to install VB 6.0, before using VS6 Installer then you must:

1. uninstall VB 6.0 and MSDNLibrary
2. delete the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\ folder
3. delete the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Visual Basic
4. Doesn't put VS6Installer folder into a folder on your Desktop: create a new folder in C:\VS6Installer
5. Before to prepare folder (Step 1, 2 and 3) ensure that your source files aren't ReadOnly. (VS6Installer check and correct automatically if need)

 - see above WEB Tutorials

- see Microsoft KB KB248697 (english)

- see Microsoft KB KB248697 (italiano)

For MSDEV.EXE see here: to install Visual Studio 6 on Windows 8.1

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10/29/2017 - Visual Studio 6 Installer v.5.x with SETUP

This is the installable version (setup).



Changes on version 4.8 - 06/23/2017

  1. FIXED:
    Type mismatch (13) error
  2. FIXED:
    Run-time error '91': Object variable or With block variable not set
  3. NEW: WINDOWS 10:
    See instrunctions in help file


Changes on version 4.7 - 03/15/2017

  1. FIXED: MSDN Library recognition
    Again: in some cases did not identify correctly the CD structure of MSDN 98 version.

  2. FIXED: OS recognition
    In some cases did not identify correctly the OS version.


Changes on version 4.6 - 03/04/2017

FIXED: Erroneously referring to the version number 4.5, instead of 4.6.
The program is the same, so download only if you want read 4.6 instead of 4.5.


Changes on version 4.6 - 01/04/2017

  1. FIXED: MSDN Library recognition
    In some cases did not identify correctly the CD structure of MSDN 98.

  2. NEW: New Browse for Folder window (customized)
    When open to browse for folder, the current folder is already visible.
    The standard BrowseForFolder of Windows doesn't show the selected folder! 


Changes on version 4.5 - 02/26/2016

  1. NEW: added detection of ALL MSDN Library editions
    The various editions of the MSDN Library can be distributed with a variable number of CDs (2, 3 or 4), users could have difficulty installing the MSDN Library.
    VS6I is now able to detection all MSDN Library editions and inform the user about the edition he has chosen.

    See help file for complete info


Changes on version 4.4 - 09/27/2015

  1. NEW: added detection of MSDN Library Subscription October 2001
    VS6I is able to detection the MSDN Library subscription DVD, en_msdn_library_october2001_dvd, which it DVD structure is a bit different from the MSDN98 version (2 CD) that come with CD distribution of Visual Studio 6.0 or Visual Basic 6.0.


Changes on version 4.3 - 09/12/2015

  1. CHANGE: VS6I fails to find or copy MSJAVA.DLL
    This error can be caused by permissions when VS6I try to access folders..
    In this case, now VS6I allow you to CONTINUE, without checking the existence of the file.
    Before choosing CONTINUE button, make sure the file exists in C:\Windows
  2. NEW: Add the ? button (right-top of ribbonbar) to open directly the help file


Changes on version 4.2 - 08/19/2015

  1. NEW: Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition
    For users that have the Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition, will see that on the Setup all unnecessary options are already disabled.
    This is to ensure that Visual Basic installation ends without errors on any version of Windows, especially the version 10!
    However, you can add any option, too.

    However, the 'unnecessary' options should be disabled in ALL editions.
    I.e., Visual SourceSafe option will disabled both VS 6.0 Enterprise and VB 6.0 Enterprise.

    Note: this also prevents the Windows restart, so you can install all Visual Basic 6.0, the MSDN Library and the Service Pack 6 without interruptions.

  2. CHANGE: Visual Basic 6.0 setup fails
    Under certain circumstances, the setup of VB 6.0 ends with error, or not start. Correct.

  3. CHANGE: Register Shared components.
    Due to a different address of the Registry in Windows 10, VS6I could not read the information relating to the shared components, so all OCX were disabled.
    Now VS6I again is able to read information then to install shared components.

  4. CHANGE: Install shared components (source path)
    On some cases, VS6I was not able to retrieve the correct source path of the component, which should be: \Common\Tools\VB.
    Note: the location of this path may vary depending on the edition of VS/VB you own.
    For example, in the Italian version of VS 6.0 Enterprise is on the CD #3, while in the English version of VB Enterprise 6.0 and VB 6.0 Professional is in the CD #1. Check your edition, before to install.

Changes on version 4.1

1. NEW: Support for Windows 10 (final build 10240)
Please read Windows 10 issue

2. CHANGE: Permissions to access Registry.
    VS6I no longer displays the error message.

3. Add option to set compatibility to Windows Vista SP2
    Recommended in Windows 10.

4. MSJAVA.DLL zero-lenght problem solved.

Changes on version 4.0:

  1. NEW: GUI completely renewed
    Improved graphic user interface: Office 2013 Ribbon style.

  2. NEW: Add support for old controls
    Install and register old controls  like: AniBtn32.ocx, Threed32.ocx, and so on...
    Caution: old controls may not compatible on Windows Vista and next OS versions.
    However, all have been tested and seem to work.

  3. NEW: Add support for Windows 10 Technical Preview (v. 6.4 build 9860)
    VS6Installer install correctly VS6/VB6, MSDN e SP6 on Windows 10.

  4. NEW: Disable Data Access option, to disable Data Access on setup (HOME tab)
    In Windows 8 and Windows 10 (Technical Preview) disables the installation of some outdated components, related to Data Access, that affect the execution of Visual Basic 6.0.

  5. NEW: Install Graphics option, to install all Graphics files on setup (HOME tab)

  6. CHANGES: Crystal Report 4.6 installation.
    Improved the installation of Crystal Reports 4.6 (Segeate) and fixed some minor bugs.


Changes on version 3.0:

NEW: Add VB6.0 Enterprise Edition.


Changes on version 2.1:

Fixed: Installation VB6.0 doesn't start.


Changes on version 2.0:

New: If Windows need to restart after installation, VS6 Installer also restart with Windows
This allow you can continue setup without re-run VS6 Installer manually.

New: Create a Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 link on Desktop and Quick Launch bar (Options menu)
The installation of Visual Basic does not create any link; This command allows you to create a link easy. If link already exists do nothing, shows a warning.

New: Add option to set VB6.EXE to Run As Administrator (Options menu)

Fixed: In the English version of the MSDN CD1, the structure of folders and files may be different with other versions; the result is that when start to prepare the 2MSDN60 folder you receive a error File not found.

Fixed: Crystal Report 4.6 improved
Help file updated
Add Know Issues topic, where reported users issues and related solutions.

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