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Msvbvm50.exe is a self-extracting file that installs the latest versions of the Microsoft Visual Basic run-time files that all applications created with Visual Basic 5.0 need in order to run.
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Msvbvm50.exeFor additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591Microsoft 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.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/EN-US/ )How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Msvbvm50.exe installs the following files, which ship with Visual Basic 5.0 Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3:
These files are the base dependencies for any component or application created in Visual Basic 5.0.
FILE VERSION -------------------------- Msvbvm50.dll 05.00.8244 Oleaut32.dll 2.20.4118 Olepro32.dll 5.0.4118 Stdole2.tlb 2.20.4118 Asycfilt.dll 2.20.4118 Comcat.dll 4.71
Do I Need Msvbvm50.exe?Msvbvm50.exe is not intended to replace the Setup Wizard for distributing Visual Basic applications. For example, if your application includes components, such as ActiveX controls or DLLs, you should use the Application Setup Wizard or a third party setup package for distribution. However, if your Visual Basic application only depends upon the files included in Msvbvm50.exe, you can distribute your application by providing end users with the executable (.exe) file and Msvbvm50.exe.
To determine whether your application requires additional files for distribution, you can use the Setup Wizard to create a set of setup files as a test. If the [Files] section of the resulting Setup.lst file only lists your .exe file, end users should be able to run your application after running Msvbvm50.exe to install the core run-time files. However, if the [Files] section contains multiple files, you should consider using the Setup Wizard or a third-party setup package for distribution instead.
In addition to distributing simple executables, you can also use Msvbvm50.exe for the following:
For a specific example of a problem that is resolved by running Msvbvm50.exe, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
185992Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer can download some additional ActiveX Controls and DLLs frequently required by applications built with Visual Basic 5.0. For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/185992/EN-US/ ): PRB: "Wrong Version Of Run-Time DLL" When Starting Application
172991For information about the self-extracting file that contains the Visual Basic 6.0 run-time files, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/172991/EN-US/ ): INFO: CAB Files Distributed with Visual Basic 5.0
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192461/EN-US/ )FILE: VBRUN60.EXE Installs Visual Basic 6.0 Run-Time Files
Article ID: 180071 - Last Review: September 18, 2011 - Revision: 6.0
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