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Article ID: 192461 - Last Review: September 22, 2011 - Revision: 6.0

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SUMMARY

VBRun60.exe is a self-extracting executable file that installs the Microsoft Visual Basic run-time files that all applications created with Visual Basic 6.0 need in order to run.

Note The following Microsoft Knowledge Base article contains the latest versions of the Microsoft Visual Basic run-time files included with Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 6. For additional information about the Service Pack 6 version of the Visual Basic 6.0 run-time files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290887  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290887/ ) VBRun60sp6.exe installs Visual Basic 6.0 SP6 run-time files

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The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Download the VBRun60.exe package now. (http://download.microsoft.com/download/vb60pro/install/6/Win98Me/EN-US/VBRun60.exe)
Release Date: September 18, 2000

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ ) How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. VBRun60.exe installs the following core files. These files are included with Visual Basic 6.0.

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FileVersionSize
ASycFilt.dll2.30.4261.1144KB (147,728 bytes)
ComCat.dll4.71.1460.121.7KB (22,288 bytes)
MSVBVM60.dll6.0.81.761.34MB (1,409,024 bytes)
OLEAut32.dll2.30.4261.1584KB (598,288 bytes)
OLEPro32.dll5.0.4261.1160KB (164,112 bytes)
STDOLE2.tlb2.30.4261.117.5KB (17,920 bytes)


These files are the base dependencies for any component or application created in Visual Basic 6.0. In addition, the following files are also installed by VBRun60.exe:

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FileVersionSize
ADVPack.dll4.71.1015.073.2KB (74,960 bytes)
W95Inf16.dll4.71.704.02.21KB (2,272 bytes)
W95Inf32.dll4.71.0016.04.50KB (4,608 bytes)
VBRun60.infN/A1.04KB (1,069 bytes)

These files are supporting files for the VBRun60.exe self-extracting file.

For information about the command-line arguments available for the VBRun60.exe file, enter the following at the command-line:
"VBRun60.exe /?"
Note You may need to specify the complete path to the VBrun60.exe file in the command.

For additional information about documentation on command-line arguments, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
189520  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189520/ ) Outlook Deployment Kit (ODK) Setup command-line options

Do I need the VBRun60.exe file?

The VBRun60.exe file is not intended to replace the Package and Deployment Wizard (PDW) for distributing Visual Basic applications. For example, if your application includes components, such as ActiveX controls or DLLs, you should use the PDW or a third-party setup package for distribution. However, if your Visual Basic application only depends upon the files included in the VBRun60.exe file, you can distribute your application by providing end users with the executable (.exe) file and VBRun60.exe.

To determine whether your application requires additional files for distribution, you can use the PDW to create a set of setup files as a test. When the PDW creates a setup package, it creates a Setup.lst file. You can open the Setup.lst file in any text editor (for example, Notepad). If the [Setup1 Files] section of the resulting Setup.lst file only lists your .exe file, end users should be able to run your application after running VBRun60.exe to install the core run-time files. However, if the [Setup1 Files] section contains multiple files, you should consider using the PDW or a third-party setup package for distribution instead.

In addition to distributing simple executables, you can also use the VBRun60.exe file for the following:
  • To minimize the size of Internet downloads of Visual Basic applications
    By running the Vbrun60.exe file ahead of time, users can download your application from the Web faster.
  • As a troubleshooting step when an installation of Visual Basic or a Visual Basic application fails
    If Setup fails with an error message that mentions one of the core files or if registration of a component fails during Setup, the core files on the target computer might be mismatched. If the versions of the files in the VBRun60.exe file are newer than the versions on the target computer, you might resolve the problem by running the VBRun60.exe file before you run Setup.
For additional information about a specific example of a Setup problem that is resolved by running VBRun60.exe, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
194754  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/194754/ ) Setup.exe file linked to missing export Oleaut32.dll:185
You can also obtain the VBRun60.exe file by extracting it from the VBRun60.cab file available on the Visual Basic and Visual Studio CDs. The VBRun60.cab file is located in the following folder on the Visual Basic 6.0 CD (Disk 1):
\common\tools\vb\cabinets
On the Visual Studio 6.0 Professional CDs, the VBRun60.cab file is located in the same relative path on Disk 2. On the Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise CDs, it is located on Disk 3.

Note The version of the VBRun60.exe file that is included in this Knowledge Base article contains the same run-time file as the one on the installation CD-ROM.

For additional information about how to get the files for Visual Basic 6.0 SP6, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290887  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290887/ ) VBRun60sp6.exe installs Visual Basic 6.0 SP6 run-time files
You can use the Extract utility to extract the VBRun60.exe file from the cabinet file, VBRun60.cab. The Extract.exe file is located in your Windows folder or on your Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT installation CD. From an MS-DOS command prompt, you can run the following command to extract the file in the cabinet file into the current directory:
Extract Vbrun60.cab
For additional information about how to use the Extract utility, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129605  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129605/ ) How to extract original compressed Windows files

REFERENCES

For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
194022  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/194022/ ) Visual Studio 6.0 service packs, what, where, why
180071  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/180071/ ) Msvbvm50.exe installs Visual Basic 5.0 run-time files
For additional information about the terminology that is used to describe Microsoft product updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
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