INFO: Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 1 of 7-Installation Instructions for Visual Studio Programs

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Installation Notes contains vital information about installing Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 -- Development System for Windows and the Internet, and its family of development products. Information in this file may apply to all or a number of the products shipped in the Visual Studio suite. This Readme updates information provided in the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Library Visual Studio 6.0 documentation.

The entire Installation Notes are in the file, Install.htm. This file is installed during setup in the Visual Studio 6.0 directory. Please see the REFERENCES section for other parts of the Installation Notes.

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This article lists installation related information for programs and files shipped with Visual Studio 6.0. The following topics are in this article:
  • Installing Over Visual Studio Beta, Pre-Release, and Technical Preview Installations
  • "Side by Side Installation": Installing Multiple Versions of Visual Studio 6.0 Products on the Same Computer
  • Warning When Installing on Dual-Boot Computers
  • Installing Visual Studio from a Shared CD Drive
  • Let Microsoft Internet Explorer Setup Finish Before Proceeding with Visual Studio Installation
  • When Microsoft Internet Explorer Setup Installs Older Versions of MDAC Files
  • Special Installation Instructions for Computers with Non-U.S. Versions of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • BiDi Systems Must Have Localized Version of Internet Explorer 4.0 SP1 Before English Visual Studio 6.0 Is Installed
  • When the Installation Wizard Looks for A Web Publishing Wizard Disc
  • Installing Client Tools and Server Components After Visual Studio 6.0 Products Are Installed
  • How to Contact Technical Support

Installing Over Visual Studio Beta, Pre-Release, and Technical Preview Installations

Do not install the final release of Visual Studio 6.0 on computers that have pre-release, technical preview, or beta versions of any Visual Studio product. File copy targets and registration settings have evolved over the development cycle. Installing the final version on computers with a technology preview, pre-release, or other beta version can result in some final components not being installed, while the earlier beta version remain on the system. The outcome could be an unstable product or worse, an unstable system.

Reformat the hard disk and reinstall the operating system before returning a computer used as a beta test platform into the production environment.

"Side by Side Installation": Installing Multiple Versions of Visual Studio 6.0 Products on the Same Computer

Visual Studio products with the same version and in the same languageVisual C++ and Visual Basic version 6.0 in English, for examplecan be installed separately on the same workstation. Such installations are supported by Microsoft. The Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Wizard detects if other versions of the 6.0 product line have been installed on a developer's workstation.

Mixing different language versions, point releases, or product tiers on the same workstation is generally not supported. This means that the installation may fail, one or more of Visual Studio 6.0 products may not work even if the installation succeeds, or in the worst case you may not be able to uninstall any of the products completely.

If the Wizard generates a warning during installation, the safest course of action is to uninstall the Visual Studio 6.0 product before proceeding. The detection scheme checks for the following scenarios:
  • Users installing different language versions of the same product. For example, Japanese Visual Basic and English Visual Basic. Installation of certain combinations is supported.
    Product Supported Installation
    Visual Basic Install to two different locations.
    Visual C++ No side-by-side installation is supported.
    Visual FoxPro Install to two different locations.
    Visual InterDev Install to the same location. You must reinstall after uninstalling one version.
    Visual J++ Install to the same location. You must reinstall after uninstalling one version.
    Visual SourceSafe Install to the same location. You must reinstall after uninstalling one version.

    NOTE: The UI language chosen when you run SourceSafe will be based on the system's language settings. If that language is not installed for SourceSafe, it will use English instead.
    MSDN Install to default directory.


  • Users installing different tiers of Visual Studio 6.0 products. For example, Visual J++ Standard Edition and Visual InterDev Professional Edition. Installing different tiers of the same product on the same workstation is not supported.
  • Users installing point releases. Upgrading a later point release of Visual Studio over an earlier point release is supported. However, installing earlier versions over later versions is not supported.
  • Users installing stand-alone versions of Visual Studio 6.0 products over the versions installed from Visual Studio 6.0 Professional or Enterprise. For example, Visual FoxPro 6.0 over Visual Studio Professional 6.0. Installing a stand-alone version of the same language versions (English) of Visual Studio 6.0 products is supported. It is safe to install Visual FoxPro 6.0 (English) from the stand-alone version on a workstation that already has Visual Basic 6.0 installed from Visual Studio Professional Edition.

Warning When Installing on Dual-Boot Computers

If you have a dual-boot computer and want to install and run Visual Studio programs with both operating systems, you must install these products into separate directories.

Installing a Visual Studio product, such as Visual C++ or Visual Basic, multiple times on the same directory can result in undefined behavior. Installing a product to the same location from each operating system is sometimes done to save disk space, but it will lead to problems and is not supported.

For example, if you install onto the same directory, you will not be able to fully uninstall the product from both systems. Uninstalling on one system may result in undefined behavior, including the removal of system files from the other system.

Installing Visual Studio from a Shared CD Drive

If you are installing Visual Studio 6.0 from a shared compact disc drive, name the share with less than nine characters and with no embedded spaces in the name.

Let Microsoft Internet Explorer Setup Finish Before Proceeding with Visual Studio Installation

During Visual Studio setup, the Installation Wizard will install Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack (SP) 1. Near the end of the Internet Explorer setup, the Internet Explorer setup wizard will restart your computer. The Internet Explorer setup wizard will automatically restart and continue copying updated files and configuring your system.

On some computers, the Visual Studio Installation Wizard may also start while the Internet Explorer setup wizard is finishing this task. You must let the Internet Explorer setup wizard complete its processing before continuing with Visual Studio setup.

Specifically, it is vital that you do not continue with setup to the point of restarting the computer again. Restarting the computer during the final configuration phase of Internet Explorer will corrupt the Visual Studio setup. The Internet Explorer setup wizard shows progress indicators while in its final phase. When these progress indicators disappear, it is safe to proceed with the Visual Studio Installation Wizard.

When Microsoft Internet Explorer Setup Installs Older Versions of MDAC Files

The Microsoft Data Access (MDAC) files installed by Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 setup may be older than the MDAC files installed by Visual Studio 6.0 products. If you install Internet Explorer on a computer that already has Visual Studio 6.0, and you get a message asking you to confirm whether you want to install older versions of MDAC files, choose to keep the newer components currently on your computer.

When the Installation Wizard Looks for A Web Publishing Wizard Disc

When installing Visual Studio 6.0 or the Visual J++ Technology Preview 2, if you get a dialog box asking you to insert the Web Publishing Wizard disc, close the dialog box and proceed with the installation.

Neither Visual Studio nor Visual J++ ships a Web Publishing Wizard on a separate disc. Users may get this message when they are installing Visual Studio or Visual J++ on computers that have Temp directories set to removable drives, such as an Iomega Jaz drive.

After your Visual Studio or Visual J++ installation is complete, if you want to install the Web Publishing Wizard, do the following:
  1. Set your Temp environment variable to a directory on fixed media, such as your hard drive.
  2. Run wpie15.exe from [CD Drive:] \setup of the compact disc.
  3. After Web Publishing Wizard setup is complete, reset your Temp environment variable directory to its previous directory, if necessary.

Installing Client Tools and Server Components After Visual Studio 6.0 Products Are Installed

The setup procedure is made up of several components. These components are not launched by Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. When you use Add/Remove Programs, you will only get to the portion of setup specific to the product installation.

To install any of the following tools, you must run the full setup.
  • Application Performance Explorer
  • Data Access Components 2.0
  • FrontPage 98
  • FrontPage 98 Server Extensions
  • InstallShield
  • NT Option Pack for Windows 95
  • Visual FoxPro Server Examples
  • Visual InterDev Server Components
  • Visual SourceSafe Server
  • Visual Studio Analyzer
  • MSDN
To install any of the listed tools after you have installed any Visual Studio 6.0 products, run setup.exe from compact disc 1. This action will start the full setup in a "maintenance mode." You will have all of the options you had when you first installed the Visual Studio 6.0 product, but you will not have to go through all of the preliminary dialog boxes.

How to Contact Technical Support

The online documentation includes complete information on how to get support and support options, including free support and online support. Click the MSDN Library Visual Studio 6.0 icon and open the Visual Studio Documentation. Support information is in Technical Support, under Getting Started with Visual Studio 6.0.


NOTE: You must install MSDN to get the online documentation.

You can look up support information on the Web at:
http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/support
In addition, you can call (425)635-7012.

REFERENCES

For the additional parts of the Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
217092 Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 2 of 7-Installing Server-Side Components
217093 Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 3 of 7-Configuring for Debugging

217094 Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 4 of 7-Issues Specific to Windows 9x Computers

217095 Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 5 of 7-Notes Impacting Other Installed Programs

217096 Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 6 of 7-Issues Related to Computers with Non-U.S. Versions of Microsoft Programs

217097 Visual Studio 6.0 Installation Notes Part 7 of 7-Data Access SDK 2.0

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Article ID: 217091 - Last Review: August 15, 2005 - Revision: 1.1
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