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You have a COM server (.DLL) that was created using Microsoft Visual FoxPro (VFP). You attempt to manually register it using REGSVR32.EXE.
You receive an error message similar to the following:
DllRegisterServer in <PATH>\<VFPDLL>.dll failed.
Return code was: 0x80004005
This typically happens when the Microsoft Visual FoxPro runtime files necessary to load the VFP-made .DLL cannot be located, as is often the case in an "XCOPY Deployment" scenario (no installation package is in use to install the .DLL).
There are various solutions to this problem. To begin, it is necessary to understand the files which are necessary to run a VFP-made .EXE or .DLL:
If your .EXE or .DLL was created with Visual FoxPro 7, the minimum* required runtime files are...
If your .EXE or .DLL was created with Visual FoxPro 8, the minimum* required runtime files are...
If your .EXE or .DLL was created with Visual FoxPro 9, the minimum* required runtime files are...
* While these are the minimum set of files necessary to run a VFP-mae .EXE or .DLL, other support files may be necessary. Check with the developer of the VFP-made product for more details.
Once you have the required runtime files you can resolve this registration issue by...
1. Using an installation program, such as InstallShield Express which ships with Microsoft Visual FoxPro, to create an installation package (SETUP.EXE). This package can register the VFP-made .DLL for you automatically.
2. Copying the necessary VFP runtime files for the version of VFP used to create the COM .DLL to the standard VFP runtime folder and registering them. Typically the VFP runtime files (VFP*.dll) and GDIPLUS.dll are placed in the %CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\VFP directory and the VFPnR.dll and VFPnT.DLL files are registered using REGSVR32.EXE (where the 'n' in the file names is the version of VFP: 7, 8, or 9). The MSVCR7n.DLL is copied to the %SystemRoot%\System32 directory (registration is not necessary as long as that folder is in the system PATH).
3. Copying the the necessary VFP runtime files for the version of VFP used to create the COM .DLL into the same directory as the COM .DLL. When you do this there in no need to register any of the runtime files because the VFP-made .DLL looks in it's current directory first for it's runtimes when it loads.
For more information about distributing VFP-made applications, please refer to the VFP9 SP2 help file available online here:
You can also download the entire VFP9 SP2 help file here (.CHM):
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