Written instructions and labels on the individual CD-ROMs make the installation process unclear. For example, if the product is Visual Basic 6.0 Professional, no reference is made to the Visual Basic 6.0 Professional CD-ROM, but rather to the Visual Studio CD-ROMs.
This article describes the CD-ROMs that are required and the order in which they should be installed.NOTE
: The example that is used throughout this article is Visual Basic 6.0 Professional, although this information is applicable to all of the other products (Visual C++, Visual InterDev, Visual SourceSafe, Visual J++, and Visual FoxPro). These products are available in varying editions including Learning Edition, Standard Edition, Professional Edition, and Enterprise Edition.NOTE
: If you are considering purchasing more than one of these development tools, you should consider buying the entire Visual Studio suite, which is available in either a Professional Edition or an Enterprise Edition, both of which include Visual Basic 6.0 Professional, Visual C++, Visual InterDev, Visual J++, Visual FoxPro, and Visual SourceSafe in Visual Studio Enterprise only.
The only CD-ROMs that are required are the single Visual Basic 6.0 Professional CD-ROM and two Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) Library Visual Studio CD-ROMs. These three CD-ROMs are always supplied. Other CD-ROMs vary. The other CD-ROMs are optional and are not required in order to install and use the Visual Basic 6.0 Professional.
One additional CD-ROM to consider installing is the service pack. Depending on when the package was boxed, the service pack is SP3, SP4, or later. Microsoft suggests that you apply the latest service pack to any Microsoft product. If you have questions about a specific fix that is supplied in a service pack, or need access to the most recent service pack, see the following MSDN Web site at:
The installation of the service pack is not required to use Visual Basic 6.0, nor does it add any functionality. The service pack is labeled Visual Studio even though it is applicable for the individual development tools, such as Visual Basic 6.0 Professional.
You can substitute a subscription edition of the MSDN Library for the MSDN Library 6.0a that is supplied with Visual Basic 6.0 Professional. For more information, see the ReadMe file on the MSDN Library subscription edition.
Sequence of CD-ROMs
The sequence for installation is to start with the Visual Basic 6.0 Professional CD-ROM. After Visual Basic installs successfully and prompts you for a reboot (leave the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM reader during this reboot), the installation wizard prompts you for the MSDN Library CD-ROMs. The MSDN Library installation recommendation is either "Typical" (the lowest amount of hard disk space used - approximate 60 megabytes (MB)) or "Full" (requiring approximate 800 megabytes (MB)). The Full selection requires two CD-ROMs. The Typical selection requires only the first CD-ROM until the MSDN is in use. During MSDN use, the second CD-ROM is required.
General Best Practice Installation Recommendations
Best practice installation methods should be used for all Microsoft and non-Microsoft product installations. These methods are shown in the ReadMe files that are included with the products.
Best practice for Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98 installations include:
- clearing the system temporary folder (C:\Windows\Temp).
- stopping all applications, particularly monitoring and anti-virus programs by using the ALT/CTRL/DEL key sequence.
- using End Task with each of the applications, excluding Explorer because it is the shell for Windows.
In addition to these steps, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME) offers a Create a restore point
option that allows a restore if the installation does not work as expected. To use this option, click Start
, click Programs
, click Accessories
, click System Tools
, and then click System Restore
Best practice for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Microsoft Windows 2000 installations include:
- logging in as local administrator (the domain matching the computer name) as opposed to a user with administrator rights.
- clearing the system temporary folder <system partition letter>:\temp.
- stopping all unnecessary services, particularly monitoring and anti-virus programs.