This article provides information about the contents of the
Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3 and where you can get it.
If you are looking for information concerning Visual Studio 6.0
service packs, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge
INFO: Visual Studio 6.0 Service Packs, What, Where, Why
Microsoft releases service packs to provide bug fixes and
address other issues that customers have discovered since the product's
release. This service pack was created for the Visual Studio family of tools.
The Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3 addresses the following
- Visual Studio 97 (Enterprise and Professional
- Visual Basic 5.0 (Enterprise and Professional
- Visual C++ 5.0 (Enterprise and Professional
- Visual InterDev 1.0
- Visual J++ 1.1 (Professional Edition)
- Visual FoxPro 5.0
- Visual SourceSafe 5.0
The Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3 covers all English versions
of these products, as well as all localized versions. The Visual Studio 97
Service Pack detects the files you have installed on your machine, and installs
the appropriate fixes. Localized versions include: Traditional Chinese,
Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3 is a superset of Visual Studio 97
Service Pack 1 and Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2; if you did not install
Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, you will get those updates with Service Pack
3. If you already installed Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Service Pack 3
will provide you with the new updates since the Service Pack 2 release.
How to Order the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3
Service Pack 3 is available in the U.S. and Canada via
fulfillment at no charge, except for shipping and handling charges of US $7.50
Outside of North America, customers must contact their
local subsidiary for availability and ordering information. Service Pack 3
contains all of Service Pack 1 and 2, plus additional updates. NOTE
: MSDN Universal customers will automatically receive the Visual
Studio 97 Service Pack 3 in the next quarterly release, in January 1998.
Alternatively, customers can order the product by phone or
Call (800) 360-7561 - US and Canada
Fax (716) 873-0906 -
Fax (905) 374-3855 - Canada IMPORTANT
: Be sure to order Part No. 628-00128.
By mail in the
Microsoft Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3
Buffalo, NY 14240-1096
By mail in Canada:
Microsoft Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Canada Order
PO Box 643
Fort Erie, ON L2A 6M1
Europe, Africa, Mediterranean, and Middle East:
P.O. Box 5576
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Fax: +353-1-708 8666 Note
: Please mention Web tracking code number 113-B032.
Service Pack includes files for English and all localized versions. In North
America and Canada, the Service Pack will be delivered within four to six
: Outside of the regions listed above, customers must contact
their local subsidiary for ordering information.
Download of Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3
As stated above, the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack CD-ROM is
available for purchase. In addition, the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack will be
available for download from the Web for free. There are several versions
- Visual Basic - All-languages versions: This contains all of
the English and non-English updates to Visual Basic, including German,
Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified
Chinese. You should select this option if you have any of these versions of
Visual Basic installed on your machine. Approximate size:
- CORE: This CORE set of updates includes all of the English
and non-English updates for Visual Basic, Visual InterDev, Visual J++, Visual
FoxPro, and Visual SourceSafe. You should select this option if you have any of
the previously listed products. Approximate size: 37.8MB.
- FULL: This FULL set of updates includes everything in CORE,
plus all of the updates for English and non-English versions of Visual C++.
Approximate size: 91.4 MB.
Due to the scope of updates available on the Visual Studio 97
Service Pack and the subsequent large size of the files, we recommend ordering
the CD-ROM version. However, we want to make the files available for download
for those who prefer it.
Uninstalling the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack
You must uninstall the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack manually; it
is not built into the product. To uninstall Visual Studio 97 Service Pack
updates to the developer tools on your system, follow these steps:
- Uninstall the developer tools (Visual C++, Visual Basic,
- Delete any remaining Microsoft developer tools product
files (but not files or programs you have created).
- Reinstall the developer tools.
Detecting Visual Studio 97 Service Pack Updates
The Help About box for developer tools does not indicate what
updates have been made since the initial release of the product in 1997.
After a service pack has been applied to a developer tool, the only
indication that the service pack has been applied is in the version information
embedded in file properties for the binary files that were updated.
For additional information about the Visual Studio 97 Service Packs, please see
the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
HOWTO: Determine VS97 Service Pack Updates in a Product
To find all of the bugs that are fixed in Visual Studio 97
Service Packs for your product, query on the following keyword in the Microsoft
For additional information, please see the following article in
the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
INFO: Troubleshooting the Visual Studio Service Pack Download