How To Determine RDO Files Needed for Distribution of App


If you need to know all of the files needed to distribute for RDO to work successfully on a machine that does not have Visual Basic installed, you can determine this by using the Dependency file generated by the Setup Wizard. ODBC must already be on the machine where RDO is being installed.

Another option is to use the Dependency Walker that comes with the Platform SDK. This shows all of the files a particular DLL depends upon in a graphical format.

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The following steps will generate a dependency file showing the files needed for RDO:

  1. Create a Standard EXE project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.

  2. Add a reference to "Microsoft Remote Data Object 2.0."

  3. Save this project and run the Application Setup Wizard on it.

  4. Select "Generate Dependency File" in the Setup Wizard.

  5. Once the setup files are created. run the Setup.exe.

  6. You will then have a file with a .DEP extension that can be opened with Notepad. MSRDO20.DLL will be shown in this file and the files it uses are also shown (RDOCURS.DLL, COMCAT.DLL, and ODBC32.DLL).


For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176428 : PRB: MSRDO20.OCX Not Registered When Running Application Setup

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