How to obtain the Visual C++ 6.0 run-time components


Vcredist.exe is a self-extracting executable file that installs the latest version of the Microsoft Visual C++ run-time files and operating system components that are required by most projects created with Visual C++ 6.0. These files include fixes that are included with Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4).

Beginning with Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 5, Vcredist.exe is included with the service pack. The Vcredist.exe pointed to by this article will continue to be the Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 4 version. To obtain the latest version of Vcredist.exe, you will need to get a copy of the latest service pack. For details, see the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:

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To obtain the Vcredist.exe update, download and run the following application, which installs Vcredist.exe to the directory that you specify.

Download Download the VC6RedistSetup_deu.exe package now.

Release Date: November 16, 2000

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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 prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

For more information about how to download files from the Microsoft Download Center, please visit the Download Center at the following Web address: VC6RedistSetup.exe will present you with an End User License Agreement. When you accept the agreement, a single file, Vcredist.exe, is extracted.

Vcredist.exe installs the following core files, which are included with Visual Studio 6.0 SP4. These files are base dependencies for most components and applications created with Visual C++ 6.0:

File nameVersionSize
Asycfilt.dll2.40.4275.1144KB (147,728 bytes)
Atl.dll (Windows 95 and Windows 98)3.0.8449.072KB (73,785 bytes)
Atl.dll (Windows NT)3.0.8449.057.5KB (58,938 bytes)
Comcat.dll4.71.1460.121.7KB (22,288 bytes)
Comctl32.dll (Windows 95 and Windows 98)5.80.2614.3600564KB (577,808 bytes)
Comctl32.dll (Windows NT)5.80.2614.3600544KB (557,328 bytes)
Mfc42.dll6.0.8665.0972KB (995,383 bytes)
Mfc42u.dll (Windows NT only)6.0.8665.0972KB (995,384 bytes)
Msvcirt.dll6.0.8168.076KB (77,878 bytes)
Msvcp60.dll6.0.8168.0392KB (401,462 bytes)
Msvcrt.dll6.0.8797.0272KB (278,581 bytes)
Oleaut32.dll2.40.4275.1584KB (598,288 bytes)
Olepro32.dll5.0.4275.1160KB (164,112 bytes)
Stdole2.tlb2.40.4275.117.5KB (17,920 bytes)

In addition, the following files are also installed by Vcredist.exe. These are supporting files for the Vcredist.exe Setup program:

File nameVersionSize
Advpack.dll4.71.1015.073.2KB (74,960 bytes)
W95inf16.dll4.71.704.02.21KB (2,272 bytes)
W95inf32.dll4. (4,608 bytes)

Vcredist.exe supports the following command-line switches:
no switches = non-quiet mode, displays progress bar and reboot prompt
/q = semi-quiet mode, displays reboot message, and no progress bar
/q /r:n = no reboot message or progress bar
Vcredist.exe is not a full-featured installation package. As such, it is not a recommended redistribution method for the preceding files. This package does not communicate error messages back to the program or user that is starting Vcredist.exe. Therefore, we highly recommend that programs starting Vcredist.exe first check for available disk space (approximately 10 MB), read-only system files, administrator privileges, and a valid TEMP directory. The absence of any of these prerequisites can cause this package to incorrectly install some of the files onto the target system.

In addition, this package does not install any database components or localized satellite dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). For information about how to install database components such as ODBC, ADO, or DAO, please refer to the following Redistributing Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Applications article on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: For more information about installing localized resource DLLs for MFC, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

208983 How to use MFC LOC DLLs

Note This package does not install these components on computers that are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Millennium (Me) systems. On computers that are running Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium, these components can only be updated through operating system updates and service packs for these operating systems.

Vcredist.exe can be freely redistributed with your application. You should also provide a copy of this Knowledge Base article.

Article ID: 259403 - Last Review: Jun 4, 2013 - Revision: 1

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