UPD: New Setup Toolkit and Setup Wizard Available for VB 3.0

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Several bugs were fixed in the Visual Basic Setup Toolkit and Setup Wizard after Visual Basic version 3.0 was released. The latest release of each of these updated files (version 1.00.002 of SETUP.EXE, version 1.00.002 of the Setup1 project files, and version 1.00.551 of the Setup Wizard) can be found in the self-extracting file SETUPK.EXE. In addition, as of June 1994, SETUPK.EXE also includes WW1000.EXE, a self-extracting file that is also available separately in the Microsoft Download Center.

WW1000.EXE is a self extracting file that contains two files (README.TXT and VSHARE.386). VSHARE.386 currently ships as a component of Microsoft Windows for Workgroups versions 3.1 and 3.11, so you may already have it. The VSHARE.386 file is a driver that eliminates the need for SHARE.EXE when you run Windows version 3.1 in 386 enhanced mode. README.TXT is an Application Note that describes the installation and use of the VSHARE.386 driver. By installing and using VSHARE.386, you will prevent all known sharing violation errors when using the Setup Wizard to create installation disks. For more information, please see the "Problems and Limitations" section in this article.

NOTE: VSHARE.386 is exclusively a Windows utility. If you need a file sharing utility for MS-DOS, you still need to use SHARE.EXE.


The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center: 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 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
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The following sections outline the bugs that were fixed and give specific instructions on how to install the updated files.


After downloading SETUPK.EXE, run it in an empty directory to obtain the files it contains. Then copy the following files to the following locations on top of the existing files by the same name. (This assumes that you have installed Visual Basic in to the default directory C:\VB and Microsoft Windows in the C:\WINDOWS directory.)
NOTE: Please update lines 2 through 5 of the SETUPWIZ.INI file to reflect the directory where you installed Visual Basic if it is different from the C:\VB directory.

The SETUPWIZ.INI file included here does not reflect the changes necessary to use the Access 2.0 Compatibility Layer files. NOTE: Do not load SETUPK/SETUPWIZ.INI if the compatibility layer has already been installed!

For more details on the Compatibility Layer, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
113594 Updated ACC2COMP.TXT for Jet 2.0/VB 3.0 Compatibility Layer


You can distribute these files royalty free with any Visual Basic application that you create.

Setup Wizard Notes

To check the internal version number of your SETUPWIZ.EXE, open a copy of the file in an editor, and search for the string "ver:" This will show the version number. Visual Basic version 3.0 for Windows shipped with SETUPWIZ.EXE version 1.00.532.
Version      Bugs Fixed1.00.533     When using "Save Template," you must enter a file name             with extension. The extension is no longer required.1.00.533     The "max" setting for the horizontal scrollbar on the Step             Five screen is so large that the middle button of the             scroll bar really can't be used. The max has been reset to             a smaller value.1.00.533     The standard command .PIF file may not have the EXECUTION =             EXCLUSIVE on some computers. As a result, the DOS shells             for compressing files may sit in the background. Now shell             with parameter makes the task active with focus.1.00.534     Minor tweaks to the user interface to widen the TEMPLATE             buttons, added an accelerator to the R in Rebuild, and             changed the accelerator in Exit to the 'x' key.1.00.535     Start SetupWiz. Enter C:\. Click NEXT. This causes an             untrapped error: "Path/file access error."1.00.536     Removed line FILE10=OLE2UI.DLL under the [MSOLE2.VBX]             section in SETUPWIZ.INI.1.00.536     Try using Setup Wizard to create setup disks for the             OLE2DEMO sample application after removing the OLE2UI entry             from SETUPWIZ.INI. In step 2, select OLE. The Next button             doesn't work. The Back button does work, and the Next             button works if nothing is selected in step 2. The Finish             button also works. This problem affected any OLE             application.1.00.537     Selecting more than 40 files with the Common Dialog during             ADD FILES was not handled before. Now it is.1.00.538     Cleaned up the MSOLE2.VBX and OLE Automation sections in             SETUPWIZ.INI.1.00.539     A PATH pointing to non-existing directories or drives             resulted in a "User-defined error." Now Setup Wizard             returns the correct error message and continues.1.00.542     Fixed compression problems when running under Windows NT.1.00.543     Fixed an invalid keyword in some common dialogs that asked             where a file is located.1.00.543     Fixed problem: if a template's .EXE file was deleted or             moved.1.00.544     SetupWizard incorrectly added VER.DL_ to the SETUP.LST             file. Setup Wizard no longer adds this file to SETUP.LST.1.00.545     SETUPWIZ.INI added two files to the CRYSTAL.VBX section.1.00.546     Fixed problem where after adding files in step 5, you can             get a "File not Found" or "Compress error."1.00.546     Fixed problem where after deleting your project's EXE             (such as MYAPP.EXE), you'd get an "Illegal function call in             CreateVBSetup1."1.00.547     Fixed problem where MYAPP.EXE in same dir as MAK file,             and PATH= in MAK file points to different drive.  Thus             wrong file was added to list.1.00.548     Fixed problem when a compressed file is larger than 1.2             meg. This fix also requires 4 changes in the SETUP1.MAK             project.1.00.548     Fixed problem when SETUP1.MAK has a .VBX or .DLL file.1.00.548     Fixed problem where after adding multiple files, another             'point to a file' dialog came up asking for a support file             location resulting in a path with no filename is listed in             the file distribution box.1.00.549     Fixed problems where SETUP1.FRM grows beyond an assumed             size. SetupWizard is now not dependent on SETUP1.FRM's             size.1.00.550     Fix to the SETUP1.MAK files for concatenating split files             back together.1.00.551     Changed caption of Financial Functions checkbox to IFF &             Financial Functions1.00.551     Fixed problem where a project with many files would cause a             Disk Full error on distribution disk     Fixed problem under Windows NT 3.51 where the Setup Wizard             would start another instance of itself rather than running             the batch file which compresses the distribution files.             This problem is due to internal changes in Windows NT 3.51             rather than an error in the code in the Setup Wizard.				


To check the internal version number of your SETUP.EXE, open a copy of the file in an editor, and search for the string "FileVersion" to show the version number. Note, This version information was added only after version 1.00.002.
Version    Bug Fix/Feature              Comments-----------------------------------------------------------------------1.00.002   VER.DLL is truncated to      SETUP.EXE now checks to see           zero bytes if it is not      if VER.DL_ exists on  your           found or has an incorrect    distribution disk. If it is           name on the distribution     not found, the following error           disk.                        error is displayed and then                                        SETUP.EXE terminates:                                        "Error - File not found:                                        A:\VER.DL_. This file is                                        required by Setup."1.00.002   SETUP.EXE does not run       When running SETUP.EXE in           in Windows version 3.0.      Microsoft Windows version 3.0,                                        you will receive the error "This                                        application requires a newer                                        version of Windows."  This error                                        causes SETUP.EXE to terminate.                                        This bug has been fixed so that                                        SETUP.EXE will run successfully                                        in Microsoft Windows version                                 The Visual Basic version     This problem occurs because           3.0 THREED.VBX does not      the file type of THREED.VBX           overwrite the Visual Basic   changed from "APP" to "DLL"           version 2.0 THREED.VBX.      between version 2.0 and 3.0.                                        SETUP.EXE now ignores file                                        type differences and will                                        install any file where the                                        source and destination names                                        are the same when the source                                        file is the same or a newer                                        version.1.00.002   This error message:          The error messages are now           "Could not open or read      "Error - Could not open file:           file: <filename>" was        <filename>" and "Error - Could           replaced with two            not read file: <filename>."           separate error messages.     Both errors cause SETUP.EXE to                                        terminate.1.00.002   New error message added:     The new error message replaces:           "Error - Insufficient        "Error - Could not copy file:           disk space on drive          <source filename> ->           <drive letter>:" This        <destination filename>"           error causes SETUP.EXE       when there is insufficient           to terminate.                disk space.1.00.002   Version information was      The version number 1.00.002           added to SETUP.EXE.          was added to SETUP.EXE.                                        Previous versions of SETUP.EXE                                        have no version number.1.00.003   Running SETUP.EXE            This problem has been fixed so           version 1.00.002 from a      that you can run SETUP.EXE from           subdirectory causes          a subdirectory. SETUP.EXE           "Error - Could not open      provided with Visual Basic           file: <path name> SETUP.LST  version 3.0 does not have this                                        problem.1.00.003  VER.DL_ on distribution       SETUP.EXE now copies VER.DL_          disk does not copy over       when the file/date time stamp of          VER.DLL in destination        the destination VER.DLL file is          directory if the file date/   the same.          time stamp is the same for          both files.1.00.004  A  "Cannot copy file ..."     SETUP.EXE no longer gives an          error message occurs when     error when the source file has          attempting to copy a file     an older version number than          referenced in SETUP.LST that  the destination file.          has an older version number          than the same file on the          destination drive.  This          error causes SETUP.EXE to          terminate.1.00.004  SETUP.EXE copies over the     SETUP.EXE no longer attempts to          same or older version of      copy VER.DLL if it is already in          VER.DLL if it is in use       use.  It assumes that it can use          by another application such   an older version of VER.DLL if          as File Manager.  This can    it exists and is in use.          lead to a General Protection          Fault (GP fault).				

SETUP1 Project Files Notes

To check the internal version number of the Setup1 project files, check the general declarations section of SETUP1.FRM. (This version information was added only after version 1.00.002 of the Setup kit.)
Version  Bug                               Comments-------------------------------------------------------------------------1.00.001 SETUP1.EXE fails to copy the      This problem occurs because         Visual Basic version 3.0          the file type of THREED.VBX c         THREED.VBX over the Visual        changed from APP to DLL         Basic version 2.0 THREED.VBX.     between Visual Basic versions                                           2.0 and 3.0.                                           The CopyFile function in                                           SETUP1.BAS was modified so                                           that any file will be copied                                           regardless of its type as                                           long as the source file is                                           the same or newer version                                           when compared to the                                           destination file.1.00.001 SETUP1.EXE fails when attempting  A problem in         to show a Program Manager group   CreateProgManItem when         under Norton Desktop              executing the ShowGroup DDE                                           command causes SETUP1.EXE to                                           fail under Norton Desktop.                                           The syntax on the call to the                                           ShowGroup DDE command was                                           fixed to overcome this                                           problem.1.00.001 Unnecessary code included in      SETUP1.FRM contains code that         Form_Load event procedure of      has been disabled by making         SETUP1.FRM.                       it into a comment. This code                                           was useful in the Visual                                           Basic version 1.0 of the                                           Setup Toolkit. However, the                                           features demonstrated by this                                           code were removed from the                                           Visual Basic version 2.0 and                                           3.0 Setup Toolkit. This code                                           was removed.1.00.001 Incorrect references to           Messages containing         "Test Application"                references to "Test                                           Application" were changed to                                           reference the actual name of                                           the application.1.00.002 Setup Wizard is not able to       Changes to the Setup Wizard         break large files (greater        version 1.00.548 to fix this         than 1.2 meg in size)             problem required changes to         across multiple disks             the CopyFile and                                           ConcatSplitFiles routines in                                           SETUP1.BAS.1.00.002 A version number was added        Check the general         to a comment in the general       declarations section of         declarations section of           SETUP1.FRM to determine the         SETUP1.FRM.                       current version number of                                           SETUP1.				

Changes Made to the CopyFile and ConcateSplitFiles Routines in SETUP1.BAS

Old SETUP1 Code:
   In Function CopyFile:      If InFileVer$ <= OutFileVer$ Then   In Sub ConcatSplitFiles:      CopyLeftOver& = outfileLen& Mod 10      CopyChunk# = (outfileLen& - CopyLeftOver&) / 10      filevar$ = String$(CopyLeftOver&, 32)      Get #fh2%, , filevar$      Put #fh1%, , filevar$      filevar$ = String$(CopyChunk#, 32)      iFileMax% = 10				
New SETUP1 Code:
   In Function CopyFile:      If InFileVer$ <= OutFileVer$ And SourcePath <> DestinationPath Then   In Sub ConcatSplitFiles:      CopyLeftOver& = outfileLen& Mod 100      CopyChunk# = (outfileLen& - CopyLeftOver&) / 100      filevar$ = String$(CopyLeftOver&, 32)      Get #fh2%, , filevar$      Put #fh1%, , filevar$      filevar$ = String$(CopyChunk#, 32)      iFileMax% = 100				

Problems and Limitations

  • COMPRESS.EXE will take only a limited length command line. If SetupWizard is in a subdirectory that is nested too deep, COMPRESS will not work correctly. In this case, you will encounter a 'File does not exist' error when the file does exist. To work around this problem, move the SETUPKIT subdirectory up one or more directory levels until COMPRESS works.
  • The Setup Wizard requires that your <appname>.EXE file completely reside on the first distribution disk. It will not split this file. If <appname>.EX_ is too large to fit on the first disk, an error will occur. To work around this problem, perform these steps:
    1. Start Visual Basic and create a temporary project file, <apptemp>.MAK. Give the project one codeless form and no custom controls. Save the project, create the <apptemp>.EXE file, and exit Visual Basic.
    2. Run the Setup Wizard specifying <apptemp>.MAK, and add your real project's .EXE file and all of the required supporting files during step 5 to create installation disks.
    3. Start Visual Basic and open the SETUP1A.MAK project file in the \VB\SETUPKIT\KITFILES directory and modify the Form_Load procedure in SETUP1A.FRM as follows:
      • Delete the following line:
                    If Not CopyFile(SourcePath$, destPath$, "<apptemp>.EX_",               "<apptemp>.EXE") Then GoTo ErrorSetup      							
      • Change the file name <apptemp>.EX_ in the following statement:
                    If Not PromptForNextDisk(1, SourcePath$ + "<apptemp>.EX_")               Then GoTo ErrorSetup      								
        to the name of another file found of the first distribution disk, such as SETUP1.EX_:
                    If Not PromptForNextDisk(1, SourcePath$ + "SETUP1.EX_")               Then GoTo ErrorSetup      							
      • Create a new SETUP1.EXE.
    4. Shell out to MS-DOS to the \VB\SETUPKIT\SETUP1 directory and compress SETUP1.EXE using this command:
    5. Copy your new SETUP1.EX_ onto your first distribution disk.
  • The Setup Wizard will not write to an installation disk that has damaged sectors, even if there is room for the project on it. This behavior is by design.
  • The Setup Wizard will not split a file into more than nine pieces. If you need to ship a file that large, use another method to store the file.
  • When doing step 1 of the Setup Wizard, if you select a valid .MAK file by using the common dialog and then reset it to C:\, you will cause an untrapped fatal error. This problem occurs only when you use the 'Select MAK file' option and then modify the result. This problem does not occur if the 'Select MAK file' option is not used.
  • When doing step 5 of the Setup Wizard, if you add a large number of files, such as the entire WINDOWS directory, by using the common dialog box, the Setup Wizard:

    • Adds none of the file names.
    • Places a pause symbol (sideways =) in the list.
    • Does not generate an error message.
    This is caused by exceeding a buffer size limitation. You can delete the pause symbol without consequence.
  • The Setup Wizard does not handle files that have nearly identical names correctly. If the names are identical except for the last letter (such as FORM1.FRM and FORM1.FRX), when the Setup Wizard compresses the second file, it does not check to determine if a file of that name (FORM1.FR_) already exists.

    To work around this problem, rename files that will cause this error before they are compressed. For example rename FORM1.FRX to FORM1X.FRX. To create the distribution disks, following these steps:
    1. Start Visual Basic, and open the SETUP1A.MAK project file in the \VB\SETUPKIT\KITFILES directory. Modify the Form_Load procedure in SETUP1A.FRM as follows:
      • Change the file name FORM1X.FRX in the following statement:
                    If Not CopyFile(SourcePath$, destPath$, "FORM1X.FR_",               "FORM1X.FRX") Then GoTo ErrorSetup         								
        to the correct file name, FORM1.FRX:
                    If Not CopyFile(SourcePath$, destPath$, "FORM1X.FR_",               "FORM1.FRX") Then GoTo ErrorSetup         							
      • Create a new SETUP1.EXE.
    2. Shell out to MS-DOS in the \VB\SETUPKIT\SETUP1 directory, and compress SETUP1.EXE by using this command:
    3. Copy your new SETUP1.EX_ onto your first distribution disk.
  • Program manager Groups and Items may not install correctly on systems using an alternate desktop, such as Norton Desktop for Windows 2.2. For more information on this problem, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    108498 PRB: DDE Error When Running Setup on Norton Desktop
  • The error message 'Sharing Violation on drive C:' may be displayed during the compression stage (Step 6) when using the Setup Wizard. This is caused by the combination of the file sharing utility SHARE.EXE, the compression utility COMPRESS.EXE, and the Setup Wizard tool SETUPWIZ.EXE. The problem occurs when the compression utility tries to open the files SETUPKIT.DLL, VBRUN300.DLL, COMMDLG.DLL, and/or CMDIALOG.VBX.

    To work around this problem, copy SETUPKIT.DLL, VBRUN300.DLL, COMMDLG.DLL, and CMDIALOG.VBX from the \WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory to the directory where the SETUPWIZ.EXE file is located. Then SETUPWIZ.EXE and COMPRESS.EXE will not try to use the same files at the same time. Set the read-only attribute of all four files. This can be done via File Manager in Windows or by using the Attrib command from the DOS prompt.

    Users of Windows for Workgroups do not encounter this problem due to the fact that it uses VSHARE.386, an alternative file sharing utility to SHARE.EXE. Users of Windows 3.1 can also use this utility by installing VSHARE.386. Run the file WW1000.EXE, a self-extracting file included in SETUPK.EXE, to obtain the instructions (README.TXT) and the driver (VSHARE.386).

    For more information on this Bug, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    102478 BUG: Setup Wizard Error: Sharing Violation Reading Drive C:
  • Filenames specified in SETUPWIZ.INI must be specified with all uppercase letters. This works around a problem with the Setup Wizard where files specified with the ":1" option are improperly installed into the same directory as the project .EXE file.
  • The Setup Wizard can stop short between screens 5 & 6 for the following reasons:
    1. Bad versions of SETUPKIT.DLL or VER.DLL are in your path. Search your path for multiple copies of these DLLs and delete the extras.
    2. Bad path information in \WINDOWS\SETUPWIZ.INI, \WINDOWS\VB.INI, or SETUP1.MAK. Open these files in a text editor and make certain they refer to where you put your VB directories. If you updated using SETUPK.EXE and just copied SETUPWIZ.INI over to top of \WINDOWS\SETUPWIZ.INI, the directory information at the top of the file may no longer be accurate
  • Install disks created on the M8 Beta release of Win95 do not work properly on earlier versions of Windows and may cause significant problems with Windows versions 3.x systems. This problem has been handled in later versions of Windows 95. Note that creating production files on Beta operating systems is discouraged.
  • Placing additional files in SETUP.LST will cause multiple installs of the same disk set to fail on Windows 95 only. One of the error messages that may occur is as follows: "error could not execute .exe 2". Removing all files from SETUP.LST other than those placed there by the Setup Wizard eliminates this problem.

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