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VC++ 5 projects will not open in VC++ 6 Why?

I am ccurrently,learning VC++ and I use version 6, but whenever I download a project created in version 5 I get an error saying can't access the .dsw file and the IDE crashes and automatically closes down.

Please help me with this, I need to see these files and learn from them.

Also, can anyone point me to web sites that give help and tutorials to VC beginners.  I program very well with VB and understand C++ but never done VC++

Thanks
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gbzhhu
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gbzhhu
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chensuCommented:
The .dsw file may be corrupted. Try opening the .dsp file or recreating the project.
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gbzhhuAuthor Commented:
This happens to every project that is created in previous version.  I get a message saying do you want to convert the project.  I f I choose yes or no either way VC++ crashes.

I rejected your answer as I think every .dsw I downloaded is not corrupt.

Thanks for trying

Hassan
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naveenkohliCommented:
Have you installed Service Pack 3 for Visual Studio 6? If you haven't, then do it.
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chensuCommented:
In this case, there is something wrong with your Visual C++ installation.
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gbzhhuAuthor Commented:
I will wait until I can dowload or the get the CD for the huge SP3
if that works points will go to naveenkohli if not I will re-install Visual Studio and points will go to chensu

Thank you guys
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SunBowCommented:
Also revisit MSDN and all files related to any help functionality, get them in sync.
I thought I've done this before, but am vague, but I tend to agree with chensu, at least since it seems like you are dealing with sample files from others, and they usually always find a way to either be incompatible or at least incorrect.
So check the version levels across you entire system, see if you (forgot) introduced something old somewhere somehow.
I am not really a C guy, but I thought I was able to run v5 and v6 on same machine once with fair results. If you can, perhaps clipboard can help.
But look at version of anything like MSDN, IE, even go to control panel to see what can easily be undone (perhaps  later to be redone with more thought).  Any 'free' s/w loaded up? Like for web help? You might have other packages needing some upgrade or other.
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gbzhhuAuthor Commented:
Chensu,

Your suggestion works.  Please put a dummy answer so I can give you the points

Thanks
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chensuCommented:
Thank you.
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