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FIX: An Error Occurs While Registering the File Expsrv.dll

This article was previously published under Q236281
A Visual Basic project using the Data control or otherwise has a Reference to the Microsoft DAO Object Library, is compiled into an executable file. The Package and Deployment Wizard is used to create a deployment package. When this package is run on another computer, the following error message appears:
An error occurred while registering the file expsrv.dll.
Your setup package contains Expsrv.dll version or earlier.

The setup package is attempting to register Expsrv.dll. Version is not a self-registering file. However, it includes the resource tag OLESelfRegister, which indicates that it is a self-registering file.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

This problem was first corrected in Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 3.However, we recommend that you install the latest Visual Studio service pack and create a new deployment package.

For additional information about Visual Studio service packs, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
194022 INFO: Visual Studio 6.0 Service Packs, What, Where, Why

194295 HOWTO: Tell That a Visual Studio Service Pack Is Installed
To download the latest Visual Studio service pack, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Start a new Visual Basic Standard EXE project. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Add a data control to Form1.
  3. Save and compile the project.
  4. Use the Package and Deployment Wizard to create a deployment package.
  5. Run the deployment package on another system. The error message appears when the deployment package attempts to register the file Expsrv.dll.
For related information on this problem, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
196057 PRB: The Jet VBA File VBAJet32.dll Failed to Initialize

Article ID: 236281 - Last Review: 08/07/2007 08:20:16 - Revision: 2.1

Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition, Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition

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