Make executable without an install...Points depending on answer

Posted on 2000-03-03
Last Modified: 2009-07-29
This probably sounds like a stupid question, but is it possible to create an executable that will run on a machine without vb installed without creating an install program or copying any runtime files to the machine. The program only has one line of code (except for the declaration), and it is an API. I'm just writing it as a joke program and all it does is switch the mouse buttons.

The code is simply:

Sub Command1_Click()
     Sw = SwapMouseButton(-1)
End Sub

I don't want them to have to do an install or copy files just to run such a dumb little joke.

I'm pretty sure that is not possible, but I'll give you
150 points to tell me how to do it,
50 points if the answer is simply I can't

Please don't answer telling me it can't be done unless you are sure.

ps..Vb is the only programming language I know (well, besides qbasic)

Question by:mshaner
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Expert Comment

ID: 2581667
Odds are the the user may already have some runtime files on the computer from installing other programs.  If you only common controls, it look like you are, you might get this to work on some computers.

Expert Comment

ID: 2581699
In regular circumstances, I would say you can't... but the answer is not so easy...
Because if the system on which you would want this program to execute is running Windows NT4 with Service Pack4 (may be even with Service Pack3 but I couldn't check) it already has the minimal VB5 and VB6 runtime files installed (MSVBVM600.DLL). So if your program does not reference any external OCX it will work on that system !

I don't know how it will be with Win9X, because I only work with NT here.. so probably somebody else will have to confirm or deny this situation on Win9X.

Hope this helps..


Expert Comment

ID: 2581703
i really think that they"ll need some dlls
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Accepted Solution

karlww earned 50 total points
ID: 2581764
Short answer is you can't w/o a C/C++ compiler or other compiler than can produce a stand alone EXE.  VB5/6 have as a minimum requirement a single runtime DLL (MSVBVM50.DLL or MSVBVM60.DLL as PatrickVB mentioned).

Here's minimum C code to do this.  Now you need a compiler.
#include <windows.h>

int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPSTR lpCmdLine, int nCmdShow)
    return 0;

Expert Comment

ID: 2581840
Win98 also has the VB5 runtimes included.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2582190
I think the code will run fine, but why not try?
I suspect a problem might occur with the method you use to launch the thing.

Expert Comment

ID: 2582490
please post your code to work it out.
i've done something like this before.


Expert Comment

ID: 2584859
have a look at - and their program called Fusion

Expert Comment

ID: 2585377
There is an application called Fusion that compiles all runtimes, ocx's etc into the executable of a Visual Basic program.  This would definatly work, but you'll have to pay $39.00 for it.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2593669
I like the Fusion concept of no royalty so fee does not seem that bad.  But, does it really handle registry and the scenarios of the ol' dll h@ll?

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